The New York Knicks are looking at the biggest free agents on the market, but there are other names that they may be willing to invest in.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks are interested in restricted free agent Terry Rozier if the Boston Celtics rescind his rights.
The Celtics value Rozier, and can match any offer sheets, but his future is unclear with Boston facing a potentially difficult offseason. It’s also fair to say that the guard would prefer a change of scenery given some of his comments after the season ended.
Rozier, still only 25, averaged nine points per game in primarily a reserve role for Boston last season. He may be seeking out a more prominent role on a roster, and the Knicks would certainly be able to offer that as currently constructed.
Terry Rozier has not done a whole lot to hide the fact that he was unhappy with the Boston Celtics this past season, and he is not afraid to attach his name to criticism of Kyrie Irving and the team’s coaching staff.
During an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Tuesday morning, Rozier spoke about the challenges that come with playing alongside Irving.
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) May 14, 2019
“You just have to adjust to his style. Whatever Kyrie wants done, he’s gonna show it,” Rozier said. “That’s what he wants done and you have to adjust to his style of play.”
Rozier admitted he felt the Celtics were doing a better job of adjusting to Irving’s style toward the end of the year, but he hinted that the All-Star point guard had a tendency to ignore the game plan and do what he pleased.
“We’d come in the game and it would be a different game plan than what we expected and went through in practice,” he said. “It was different.”
It’s hard to tell if Rozier’s issue was with Irving, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, or both. While he said Irving had a tendency to run the offense the way he wanted to, he also added that the coaches would leave Kyrie on the floor in situations where they had previously prepared for him to be off of it. That’s probably Rozier’s way of saying there were times he felt he should have gotten playing time over Irving.
Rozier was one of the players who enjoyed a huge postseason last year when Irving was injured, so you can understand why he may have been unhappy with his role this year. He’s set to become a restricted free agent this summer and has already hinted that he might not want to return to Boston, though that could change if Irving leaves.
The Boston Celtics are expected to undergo serious changes over the offseason and frankly, could use them. Major changes could include the departures of Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier.
After the Celtics lost in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday to the Milwaukee Bucks to end their season, some of Boston’s players were asked about their future.
Irving, who could become one of the most prominent free agents, talked about “moving on to the next thing,” indicating he could play elsewhere.
Kyrie Irving: “Truth be told, it’s no time to be disappointed. You take your lessons, the ass whooping they handed us, and you move on. … I know I won’t forget something like this. For me, it’s just moving on to the next thing, and seeing where that ends up.”
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 9, 2019
Rozier had a “no comment” about his future, leading the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn to believe the guard is gone.
Safe to say Terry Rozier is ready to get out of Boston. When asked about the #Celtics having the right to match any offer to him this summer, he said: "No comment."
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) May 9, 2019
Rozier will be a restricted free agent after the season. The Celtics would have the right to match any contract he signs, but he may strongly discourage them from doing so. He emerged in the playoffs last year but struggled to find minutes this year and averaged 9.0 points on 22.7 minutes per game. However, if Irving opts out of his contract to become a free agent and leaves, that might open up minutes for Rozier and change his opinion about a future in Boston.
The Philadelphia 76ers pulled off a late win over the Boston Celtics in a game that featured a playoff atmosphere Wednesday night, and Terry Rozier feels his Eastern Conference rivals may have been a little too excited about the victory.
Trailing 108-105 with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Sixers fought back and scrapped their way to a 118-115. You can understand why they were excited, but Rozier mocked them after the game for overdoing it a bit.
Terry Rozier: "I thought the confetti was going to drop. No, I did. It was a big win, not trying to take nothing away from them. But I thought the confetti was dropping tonight."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 21, 2019
Had the game been in Boston and the Celtics won in similar fashion, they probably would have reacted the same way. The two teams could very well meet in the postseason again this year, and some intense play led to technical fouls and an ejection on Wednesday. Basketball should be hoping for several more rematches between the Celtics and Sixers.
Joel Embiid is the master troll of the NBA and was at it again on Wednesday.
Embiid put up 37 points and 22 rebounds in a 118-115 win over the Boston Celtics in what was the game of the night. Embiid being Embiid of course had to post on social media after the win and was sure to take a shot at an opponent.
The Sixers big man posted photos of the game on Instagram and marked his location as “Lametown.” As Adam Himmelsbach pointed out, that was a reference to Boston’s Terry Rozier calling Embiid “lame” in an interview. Himmelsbach’s post has two screenshots breaking it down:
Lol I love the NBA pic.twitter.com/DbFlz5xyWz
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) March 21, 2019
Embiid and Rozier have history as the two got in a shoving match during the playoffs last year.
Embiid has somewhat taken things easy on social media before ramping back up on Wednesday night. His last great post came after a win over the Timberwolves in January. He better make sure he can continue to back it all up in case the teams meet in the postseason.
Terry Rozier hit out at a trolling Philadelphia 76ers fan over Twitter on Monday night.
A Sixers fan responded to a tweet from Rozier by saying that the 76ers would hand the Celtics a loss when the two teams meet on Wednesday. Rozier saw that and answered the fan, swatting him down with a serious comeback.
Philly ain’t beat us since they had AI dummy
— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) March 19, 2019
Have the Celtics dominated the 76ers as badly as Rozier says they have? He’s not far off.
Boston has beaten Philly in four straight playoff series and hasn’t lost to them in a playoff series since 1982. Since the 2014-2015 NBA season, the Celtics have gone 17-2 against the 76ers in the regular season. That’s not quite as far back as when Allen Iverson was playing for them, but it’s still enough to get Rozier’s point across.
- Terry Rozier
DeMarcus Cousins and Terry Rozier received technical fouls for their roles in a fourth quarter incident during the Golden State Warriors-Boston Celtics game on Tuesday night.
Cousins was trying to work on Aron Baynes in the low post and got upset when he was called for an offensive foul. He then yelled at Baynes for flopping, prompting some words of defense from Jayson Tatum. Cousins shoved Tatum in response, and Rozier shoved Cousins back in defense of his teammate.
Boogie Cousins getting heated vs the Celtics pic.twitter.com/BhtIigpJpW
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 6, 2019
Cousins was having a rough night offensively, was targeted by the Celtics on defense, and his team was getting blown out. His frustration was understandable, though misplaced. Cousins is 270 pounds; he can’t be too shocked when an opponent hits the floor after Cousins moves into him with all his strength.