Of course, the Celtics can match any offer for Rozier, but based on the year Rozier just had, Boston almost certainly has a limit on how much it will actually spend to keep the floor general.
So, should the Bulls make a play for him?
The answer is no, and here are three reasons why:
3. The Bulls Don’t Need a Player Like Him
Rozier is a point guard by position, but he is really more of a shooting guard in a point guard’s body.
The Bulls already have a solid young point guard in Kris Dunn (who is under contract through next year), not to mention an improving combo guard in Zach LaVine who just had a breakout season of sorts after signing a big contract.
Rozier has said that he wants to start, and I’m not sure Chicago would be able to give that to him. Right now, Dunn is the starting point guard, and while Rozier did have that great playoff run in 2018, Dunn has shown to be a better, more consistent all-around player than Rozier thus far in their careers.
Basically, Rozier would have to come off the bench for the Bulls, which is something he has made clear he no longer wants to do.
2. That Money is Better Spent Elsewhere
The Bulls are set to have some cap space this summer, but is spending most of it on Rozier really a good idea?
Chicago’s main needs really come on the wings and in the frontcourt, where it really does not have that much depth. Yes, the Bulls have LaVine at the 2 and Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison at the 3, but they don’t have much shooting off the bench at those spots. And as far as the frontcourt goes? Cristiano Feliciano is a restricted free agent in his own right, and Robin Lopez is surely a goner as an unrestricted free agent.
The Bulls are better off using their cap space on efficient shooting wings and some big man depth behind Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. Spending it on an inefficient, inconsistent point guard like Rozier would just not be a very wise use of funds.
1. Rozier is a Locker Room Problem
While Kyrie Irving is taking the brunt of the criticism for the Celtics’ locker room issues this year, it doesn’t seem like Rozier was much of a saint, either.
In a couple of appearances on ESPN shows on Tuesday, Rozier essentially spent his time throwing everyone under the bus, including Irving, Gordon Hayward and Boston’s coaching staff.
He even expressed some jealousy over Irving getting more attention than him throughout the year, an absolutely ridiculous notion considering that Irving is a perennial All-Star and Rozier is nothing more than a role player.
Do the Bulls, a young, impressionable team, really want that kind of problem in their locker room?
Right now, Chicago’s young guys seem to mesh well. There is no reason to add a potentially toxic personality into the mix.