I like to think of myself as an optimist. But even as an optimist, the 2018–2019 Boston Celtics have really, really tested me. During their struggles, we’ve used the excuses of early season rust, lack of time playing with one another, a tough schedule, and injuries. But we are now half way through the season and the reality is, the Boston Celtics just aren’t that great. They should be; they were one game away from the NBA Finals, they have a crazy amount of talent, and a great coach. They have played better lately as they are currently 24–15 and are 5th in the East. But that’s still not good enough. Something needs to change and to me, the clear man out is Terry Rozier.
Now the reason that I think Rozier is the odd man out is not because he’s a free agent next year, its because he doesn’t fit on this team. First off Rozier hasn’t done well in a back up role after being a starter in the playoffs. The reason is that he is a scoring point guard who needs to have the ball in his hands. It worked when he played 35 minutes a night but not when he only plays 20 a night. Plus, the Celtics already have a scoring point guard, his name is Kyrie Irving. What the Celtics need is a veteran guard who can put ego at the door, shoot off the catch, and most importantly run the 2nd unit consistently. Here’s my trade below.
Boston: D.J. Augustin, Isaiah Briscoe
Orlando: Terry Rozier, Guerschon Yabusele, Jabari Bird
Enter D.J. Augustin. The 10 year vet who is quietly having his best season as a pro and would be a perfect fit on the Celtics. Unlike Rozier, Augustin is a point guard who knows his role and would be willing to take a lesser role. He’s also an excellent shooter as he’s currently shooting 43% from three. Augustin is also under contract through next season as Rozier is going to get paid in July.
I know that people will say that we should get more for Rozier but the reality of the situation is that the Celtics are going to have to sell low. Considering the Celtics might have four 1st round picks next year, its not like they need another. Orlando has reportedly been interested in Rozier and as the starting point guard, he would help form a nice core going forward for Orlando. Plus Yabu will probably never have a real future real in Boston so I’m ok letting him go too. It’s a win-win situation.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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