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Celtics president Danny Ainge refutes Terry Rozier trade rumor

Danny Ainge, Terry Rozier

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge refutes recent reports of trade rumors surrounding Terry Rozier. Ainge also says that Rozier has never expressed his unhappiness to the team and that the Celtics have not received any trade interests from other teams regarding the 24-year-old point guard’s availability.

Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports tweeted out Ainge’s statements during his appearance on Toucher and Rich, a morning show in Boston.

With Kyrie Irving verbally committing to staying in Boston for the years to come, rumors have circulated that Rozier has become expendable. There’s no doubt that Irving will be offered a max extension, so giving Rozier the contract he deserves could be tough for Ainge and the Celtics’ front office.

With the way Rozier showed up during the playoffs last year, he’s reportedly looking for a contract worth up to $20 million per year when he becomes a restricted free agent in 2019. The Celtics already committed a big amount of money when they signed Marcus Smart to an extension in the offseason.

Still, Ainge has been adamant that the Rozier trade rumors are not true as of this moment. Earlier rumors circulated that the Phoenix Suns have been pursuing the young point guard even before the regular season began, but to no avail.

However, head coach Brad Stevens’ rotation this season has left Rozier with just 22.7 minutes of play per game, causing his numbers to drastically fall to a mere stat line of 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.