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Rumor: Terry Rozier looking to stay with Celtics and prove they don’t need Kyrie Irving as likely departure looms

Terry Rozier, Celtics

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier is often overshadowed by his more popular teammates, but he is determined to prove his worth and is strongly interested in staying in a white and green uniform.

Rozier will be a restricted free agent this summer, which means that he can accept offers from other teams, though the Celtics can match an offer sheet to keep him. But based on what he has reportedly been telling his teammates, the 25-year-old guard appears to be uninterested in playing elsewhere.

According to Robot Dave, formerly of NBC Sports Celtics, Rozier has been telling teammates that he is ready to step up if Boston eventually loses Kyrie Irving in free agency. The four-year veteran, who averaged 9.0 points and 2.9 assists in 79 games last season, reportedly said he is ready for war in Boston and is ready to prove the Celtics will be better off without Kyrie.

Irving has informed the Celtics that he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Celtics to become a free agent this summer. According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Irving is already prepared to sign with the Brooklyn Nets after inking a representation deal with Jay-Z’s ROC Nation Sports after firing agent Jeff Wechsler.