Jimmy Butler is finally out of Minnesota, as he heads to the Sixers to create perhaps the biggest 3 the NBA has seen since Lebron and Bosh took their talents to South Beach what is going to happen to the other big names on the trade market. Terry Rozier has been rumored to be on the move as the Celtics don’t seem to have a place for him . Kyrie is cemented as the starter, as he enters free agency the Celtics will be forced to open up the check book, Marcus Smart just signed a 4-year, $52 million contract. With no money for Rozier they Celtics and Danny Ainge will look to try get what he can for the talented point guard.
Unlikely but intriguing: Indiana Pacers
The Celtics wouldn’t likely be in the business of making a fellow Eastern Conference contender better but if the shoe fits sometimes you have to put it on. The Pacers have a lot of young talent a well as role players they could move in order to make this work. If the Pacers were to send Cory Joseph and either Thaddeus Young or Dom Sabonis to the Celtics for Rozier both teams would win.
The Celtics would have veteran backup that doesn’t need to play big minutes in Joseph and provide better depth in the front court. Both Young and Sabonis would be able to fill a need that the Celtics have, which is established depth behind Al Horford.
The Pacers would be able to pair Oladipo with Rozier and create a dynamic guard tandom that can play on both end of the floor. This deal would be great for both parties but unlikely with both of them contending.
Makes Sense: Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are pretty set on big men. Mo Bamba, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Johnathon Isaac are the cornerstones of the organization. With a litany of bigs to build around the Magic have a need for points and leadership at the guard position. DJ Augustin has been a solid NBA player for a number of years but is simply a ball control point guard that will limit mistakes but not make the big plays. Rozier would walk into Orlando and immediately be the best guard on the roster. He can initiate offense at a high level and be a perfect fit to work along side Aaron Gordon.
Rozier could be in attack mode the entire game, fitting the perfect style of new Head Coach Steve Clifford. The Magic have young pieces as well as vets that could intrigue Ainge to make a move.
Makes to much sense: Phoenix Suns
The Suns have been in rebuild mode since Steve Nash parted ways with the organization. Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton are the pieces to build around, adding a hard noised defender with the ability to run a proficient offense could be just the ticket that the Suns need. Booker has been working the point a lot during the 2018 season which is not ideal for a shotmaker of his caliber.
Bringing in Rozier would give them two guards that can compete every night forcing opposing defenses to utilize their best defender on one while the other can be freed up. Rozier running the pick-and-roll with the explosive Deandre Ayton would also be an exciting form of offense for Phoenix, were they to acquire the Celtic guard.
The Suns are not afraid to take on big contracts so signing Rozier long term wouldn’t be a problem for the rebuilding franchise. A piece like Trevor Ariza could be intriguing to move. Ariza on the Celtics could can add toughness on both ends of the floor as well. Win/win for both teams.
Should do it: San Antonio Spurs
Losing Dejounte Murray was a big deal to begin the season. The third year guard was set to take the place of long time great Tony Parker. A torn ACL ended his season and put the Spurs guard options behind DeMar DeRozan very limited. Young guards Derrick White and Bryn Forbes have filled the role admirably but are not difference makers. Both would be served better playing a bench role or spot start during rest days.
The Spurs are not a team that likes to make changes in season. Adding a player like Rozier along with the veterans and rising stars can make a huge impact on a team that has played above expectations so far. Rozier is a grinder that would be worth a flyer for the right cost.
Rozier is a star in the making if given the chance. With the leadership in place for San Antonio the transition from Boston to San Antonio would be seamless. This move would put the Spurs in a better place, making them a legit playoff contender.