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Could Terry Rozier see himself playing for Knicks? Celtics guard has interesting answer

Could Terry Rozier see himself playing for Knicks? Celtics guard has interesting answer

Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier visited ESPN on Tuesday and set NBA Twitter ablaze with some of his comments regarding his own future and what went wrong with the team during the 2018-19 season.

The 25-year-old said "I might have to go" if the Celtics' roster stays intact for next season, and he also talked about the challenges of playing next to Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving.

Rozier also was asked on ESPN show "Jalen and Jacoby" if he could see himself living in New York City and playing for the Knicks, and the C's guard gave an interesting answer.

Rozier is a restricted free agent this summer, which means the Celtics can match any offer he receives from a rival team.

NBC Sports Boston Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely reported Monday, citing league sources, that the Knicks are interested in Rozier and C's forward Marcus Morris in free agency. Irving, of course, has been linked to the Knicks in many free-agent rumors over the years. ESPN's Stephen  A. Smith tweeted over the weekend there's "a 95 percent chance" Irving and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant are planning on going to the Knicks this summer.

It's hard to imagine Rozier playing for the Knicks if Irving is there, too. The Irving-Rozier fit clearly didn't work in Boston this past season, and there's little reason to believe it would happen in New York. Rozier also deserves to be a starting point guard, and that role would be unavailable on an Irving-led Knicks team.

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NBA Rumors: 'Chatter building' that Celtics could target Malcolm Brogdon and other restricted free agents

NBA Rumors: 'Chatter building' that Celtics could target Malcolm Brogdon and other restricted free agents

With the growing likelihood that the Celtics will lose Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency, the Celtics must pivot their plan to build a championship contender with holes at point guard and center. 

Without Irving and Horford, the Celtics have about $25.8 million in cap space with the ability to create about $34 million in space if they renounce the rights to all of their free agents in Terry Rozier Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker. So they have the money to bring in decent replacements, and while trades and unrestricted free agency are the most straight-forward methods to add to your roster, going after restricted free agents (RFA) can be beneficial in multiple ways. 

According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports and CelticsBlog, there is 'building chatter' that Malcolm Brogdon, Thomas Bryant and Tomas Satoransky are potential targets for the Celtics in the RFA market. 

In order for the Celtics to secure the services of any RFA, they'll need to agree to an offer sheet with the player and then wait for the incumbent team to decide whether to match that contract or not, assuming they extend a qualifying offer. It typically takes a substantial offer sheet to make a team pass on keeping a young player they like, and that's especially the case with Brogdon. 

Brogdon played a major part in the Bucks rise to the top of the Eastern Conference in 2018-19, averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists and became the eighth player in NBA history to post 50-40-90 shooting splits. He's a versatile defender and does everything you want on the court besides be a prolific scorer, so it would probably take a near-max offer sheet to get the Bucks to let him walk. 

At the very least, the Celtics could make the Bucks salary cap/luxury tax situation more uncomfortable if they have to pay Brogdon more than what they expected to. 

Satoransky and Bryant both played with the Wizards last year and could be easy targets for the Celtics given the Wizards more than unenviable salary figure. Bryant, who started 53 games in his sophomore season and averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, could be a cheaper option at center for the Celtics. Satoransky meanwhile could give Brad Stevens another ball handler and versatile defender as a 6-7 guard, not to mention his improved three-point shooting over the course of his three-year career. 

The Celtics have plenty of options with the cap space they'll likely have this summer, and as more reports surface about their intentions, the more it seems like they're willing to look at every avenue they can to re-tool this roster for the 2019-20 season. 

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with the Celtics 4 draft picks

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with the Celtics 4 draft picks

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(2:20) Kyle Draper catches up with Romeo Langford. They discuss his first impressions of Boston, how he would describe his style of play and which NBA player he compares himself to. (4:00) When did Romeo Langford realize he could make it in the NBA? (7:00) Romeo Langford discusses his thumb injured that sidelined him in college. (8:00) Which NBA player does Romeo Langford look up to the most? (8:30) How does Romeo see himself fitting in with the Celtics?

(13:00) A. Sherrod Blakely sits down with Grant Williams. (16:00) Grant Williams discusses growing up and playing 8 instruments and his mother being a NASA Engineer. (20:00) When did Grant realize he could be an NBA player?

(25:00) Chris Forsberg sits down with Carsen Edwards about being drafted by the Celtics. (27:00) Carsen Edwards discusses playing previously with Robert Williams. (29:00) Carsen Edwards explains how his style of play will help the Celtics.

(34:00) A. Sherrod Blakely sits down with Tremont Waters, and discuss how he came to play basketball at LSU. (37:00) Tremont Waters compares his game to Kyrie Irving’s. 

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