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Old 11-12-18, 11:21 AM
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Four potential Terry Rozier trade destinations

Most of the latest buzz regarding Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier would make it seem that a trade involving the fourth-year player is far from imminent.

At the same time, though, even if it doesn’t happen soon, it almost feels like one has to happen prior to the 2019 trade deadline.

Why?

Well, not only did the Celtics re-sign Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million contract last summer, they still have Kyrie Irving’s impending free agency to worry about next offseason. So Boston is about to have a huge amount of money dedicated to paying two members of their backcourt, making it extremely unlikely they spend much more to re-sign a third guard, no matter how good he is in his role.

And don’t get it twisted: Rozier is quite good when given the opportunity. That was proven in 2017-18.

Last playoffs, with Irving shelved due to a knee injury, Rozier was a major part of Boston getting within a game of reaching the Finals, averaging 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per contest, in what were extremely high-leverage situations.

Thus, Rozier has done more than enough to show he can be a starting point guard in this league, and an above-average one at that.

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons recently reported that Rozier may not be all that thrilled with his current role…

Unexpected early-season Celts subplot: Terry Rozier (restricted FA next summer) has been unhappy w/ his PT all season, word has gotten around the league, and everyone now knows the Celtics need to trade him… which, of course, makes it harder to trade him.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 7, 2018

…making a potential trade a good bit likelier, even if it doesn’t happen within the next month.

In response, we decided to break down Rozier’s top potential trade destinations. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

1. NEW YORK KNICKS
2. PHOENIX SUNS
3. ORLANDO MAGIC
and
4. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

One of the potential trade destinations for Rozier that Simmons mentioned in his original report was the San Antonio Spurs.

However, it should be noted: The last time the San Antonio Spurs traded for a player in-season was all the way back in 2014, when they acquired Austin Daye from the Toronto Raptors. And the only reason they did that was to dump Nando De Colo and his $1.5 million contract on the Raptors.

That’s all to say, the Spurs hardly ever trade during the year, and if they do, it’s not to add an actual rotational piece, but for salary-cap purposes.

So why would this year be any different?

For starters, the Spurs lost their best point guard right before the season started when Dejounte Murray tore his ACL in early October. Bryn Forbes and Derrick White have done admirable jobs filling the void left behind by Murray, but they’re limited players who lack the ceilings to be real difference-makers this year – a ceiling that Rozier proved he possesses in 2017-18.

A backcourt of Rozier and DeMar DeRozan would do some real damage in the Western Conference, with both guys able to get buckets even against the best defenders, which would also allow White and Forbes to come off the bench, where they could be more effective going against second units.

It may be unlikely, but as a half-season stop gap until Murray returns in 2019-20, Rozier could be a fantastic option for Gregg Popovich and Co. Especially when you consider how deep the West is, where one three-game losing stream could take you from the conference’s No. 3 seed to out of playoff positioning.

Loading up on talent isn’t a luxury for teams in the West, but a necessity.

***To get the trade info reason for NYK, Suns and Magic, check the link below.

Link to article: https://hoopshype.com/2018/11/11/ter...ks-spurs-suns/
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