The Celtics already have two point guards committed to the team for next season but that isn't stopping them from trying to lock up another valuable member of the team's backcourt. A source told BostonSportsJournal.com that the Celtics have been engaged and "active" in extension negotiations with Terry Rozier ahead of the Oct. 15 rookie extension deadline.
Rozier is earning just over $3 million for 2018-19 in the final year of his rookie deal. He's expected to command a contract over $15 million annually according to one league executive after delivering a breakout performance during Boston's postseason run in 2019.
Rozier has carried over last year's strong play during this preseason, standing out as one of the team's few bright spots over the exhibition calendar.
“I just have to figure out how to get him as many minutes as possible,” Brad Stevens said last week. “He’s tremendous. And, not only in the way he plays when you guys all see him in the games, but just the way he goes about his everyday business. He works as hard as anybody on our roster. It’s immediate energy; it’s noticeable when he’s in the game. That’s just one of those things that’s going to be important for our team moving forward. To his credit, all he’s done is come in and work and played. That’s all he usually does.”
The bigger question for Rozier as he makes a big decision about his career over the next few days is whether he is willing to commit to life in Boston as a sixth man for the foreseeable future after Kyrie Irving announced his intentions to re-sign with Boston publicly last Thursday. Rozier has been content backing up the All-Star over the past couple years but he told BSJ last April that he envisions himself as an NBA starter over the long haul. While the Celtics will play him for big minutes off the bench, it's hard to see him ever getting that starting chance in Boston when Irving is healthy.
"That's something I'm really going to have to sit down and think about," Rozier told BSJ on Tuesday when asked about accepting sixth man role in Boston for the next several years.
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