Hornets anticipate playing Terry Rozier nearly double his career average minutes
It’s safe to say that Charlotte Hornets will be taking their newest free agent signing out for a spin right away.
Speaking with the media Tuesday, Hornets coach James Borrego said that he expects to play guard Terry Rozier roughly 34 minutes per game next season, per Rod Boone of The Athletic.
The 25-year-old Rozier, who signed a four-year, $58 million deal this summer with Charlotte, was a reserve during his four previous seasons with the Boston Celtics, leading to an average of less than 20 minutes per game for his career. The Hornets will need him to assume a large workload right away though after the departure of leading scorer and starting point guard Kemba Walker, who incidentally is now with the Celtics.
While it is fair to wonder how Rozier will respond to such a massive increase in his minutes, Borrego’s assertion is far from the strangest thing that the team has said about the former Louisville star in recent months.