The Charlotte Hornets recently made waves by adding former Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier in what ended up as a sign-and-trade deal involving Kemba Walker. While the Hornets may have found their new point guard of the future in Rozier, one anonymous Eastern Conference team executive believes that things just went from bad to worse for Charlotte.
Rozier reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Hornets to the tune of $58 million. According to the unnamed exec, this is way too much money for a player of Rozier's caliber.
“I thought that was a huge overpay without enough short term to justify it,” one Eastern Conference executive said, via ESPN's Tim Bontemps. “I think that's going to be a disaster to be a bottom-end team and throw that money around. I don't see how that's going to work out.”
Rozier had a tremendous campaign for the Celtics two years ago when he emerged as a surprise star for Boston in the wake of Kyrie Irving's injury. However, he took a back seat last season as Irving took over the starting job upon his return. Rozier seemed to be unhappy with his role all season long, and he finally got his wish of getting a fresh start elsewhere.
As for the Hornets, this seemed like a desperate move to get at least something out of Walker's departure. They were indeed able to get a stud in return, but it remains questionable if Rozier is worth $19.3 million per season.