Report: Celtics won’t extend contract of Terry Rozier, who’s seeking starting spot and about $20 million annual salary https://t.co/VwqPRzgkQx
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) October 12, 2018
I don’t know about you guys, but I saw this one coming from a mile away.
Reports from today indicate that the Celtics and Terry Rozier won’t reach an agreement on a contract extension before Monday’s deadline. And if he’s really asking for around $20M per year, I don’t think there’s a shot in hell they ever will.
Barring any changes to what he’s said over the last few weeks, Kyrie Irving is going to be this team’s point guard for the future. Starting point guards of his caliber command a large sum of money, meaning Irving is going to get paid big time this Summer. I love Terry Rozier to death, but realistically speaking, his demands just don’t meet what the Celtics are going to be able to give him. $20M is a lot for someone who’s going to be coming off the bench as a 6th man.
Rozier is a great player and is definitely worth that kind of money. But if he wants to stay in Boston, he needs to take less. However, I don’t expect him to do that, nor do I think he should. If he goes out this season and puts up career numbers and (hopefully) plays a crucial role in helping this team get to the Finals, he needs to go out and get as much money as he can. Knowing how often the injury bug rears its ugly head, this could be the only chance he gets. He’s a starting point guard in this league, so I don’t expect to see him back in Boston beyond this season. It’ll be tough to see him go.
-Nick Cherico (@CouchGuyCherico)
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