Boston keen on completing extension for Terry Rozier
The Boston Celtics have been keen on giving young point guard Terry Rozier a contract extension before the deadline hits, according to Brian Robb of The Boston Street Journal. The team has been reportedly “engaged” in talks with Rozier and his agent, trying to get a deal done before Oct. 15, when teams will no longer be able to sign 2015 draftees to a rookie-level extension.
Rozier will earn a shade over $3 million for this 2018-19 season, the final year of his rookie deal. Yet he’s expected to command a contract over $15 million per year, after showcasing the wide array of talent during the Celtics’ postseason run in 2019.
That moment, perhaps, came at the best of times for Rozier; who not only got plenty of exposure from being on national TV, netting him a sponsorship with Puma — but also got the franchise’s attention as a must-retain player.
Head coach Brad Stevens has had every intent to play Scary Terry during this season, even after the return of a healthy Kyrie Irving, shifting Marcus Smart to the shooting guard spot as a hybrid backcourt player.
“I just have to figure out how to get him as many minutes as possible,” Stevens said last week. “He’s tremendous. And, not only in the way he plays when you guys all see him in the games, but just the way he goes about his everyday business. He works as hard as anybody on our roster. It’s immediate energy; it’s noticeable when he’s in the game. That’s just one of those things that’s going to be important for our team moving forward. To his credit, all he’s done is come in and work and played. That’s all he usually does.”
Rozier could become the Celtics’ sixth man due to his offensive firepower and playmaking ability, but the Louisville product admitted he envisions himself as a starter in the league someday — a path now blocked by Irving’s desire to remain with the Celtics long-term.
“That’s something I’m really going to have to sit down and think about,” Rozier said on Tuesday when asked about accepting sixth man role in Boston for the next several years.
The Celtics are loaded at the guard slots and likely to suffer the consequences of it. If they’re able to secure a deal with Rozier, keeping him happy in his role won’t be easy, but ultimately a necessity to keep the ship sailing smoothly.