The odds were always against Terry Rozier reaching an extension with the Celtics before the Oct. 15 deadline, particularly in the wake of Marcus Smart signing a four-year deal this offseason. The Celtics did their best to engage Rozier this week and lock him up for what they believed was a team friendly value over the next few years, but the point guard understandably has bigger aspirations from both a playing time and a money standpoint. Thus, there will be no deal between the two parties ahead of Monday’s deadline, as first reported by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe on late Friday.
Given the fact that the Celtics have not signed a player on a rookie contract to an extension since 2009, this end result was always the most likely scenario. Rozier is poised to contend for the most minutes off the bench with Smart this season and that playing time (along with a strong performance) should help him push for a starting salary in the $15-20 million range next summer.
The Celtics won’t be able to afford that kind of a deal for the long-term unless they are willing to eventually willing to part ways with other key parts of their bench core over the couple years. That creates a layer of intrigue heading into the rest of this season and next summer as Danny Ainge weighs his options with one of his favorite players on the roster. Here is the closer look at what’s next for both sides and the options on the table over the coming months.
Trade remains possible but not probable for this season