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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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Carsen Edwards' 3-point barrage for Celtics catches Dwyane Wade's eye

Carsen Edwards' 3-point barrage for Celtics catches Dwyane Wade's eye

How does one earn the praise of an NBA legend during a meaningless preseason game?

By hitting eight 3-pointers in one quarter, of course.

Boston Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards accomplished that mission Tuesday night in Cleveland by pouring in eight triples in the third quarter -- seven of which came in a span of less than five minutes -- to finish with 30 points.

And guess who took notice? Recently-retired superstar Dwyane Wade, who urged his 8.3 million Twitter followers not to sleep on the young point guard.

Wade, who spent one season with the Cavs, also shouted out Cleveland rookies Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. later in the game. But he clearly was impressed by Edwards, a second-round pick who's garnered considerable hype from his NBA contemporaries.

The 6-foot-1 guard also has a fan in former Celtics guard Nate Robinson, who commented, "My favorite guard in the league" on the NBA's Instagram post of Edwards' highlights.

Looks like it's getting harder to sleep on Edwards, especially if he continues to get buckets when the regular season begins.

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Has Brad Stevens finally found his 'microwave' in Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards?

Has Brad Stevens finally found his 'microwave' in Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards?

Maybe fellow rookie Tremont Waters best summed up what it was like to watch Carsen Edwards erupt for eight third-quarter 3-pointers in the Celtics' exhibition finale Tuesday night in Cleveland.

“I didn’t want to get burnt, so I tried to stay away from him,” Waters (half-) joked to reporters.

Edwards scored 26 third-quarter points behind his 3-point barrage, all of which came in little more than a five-minute span. Maybe more staggering was the distance of his 3-point makes in the quarter, including four of 30-plus feet and an average distance of 29.1 feet on the eight makes.

Edwards nearly matched Klay Thompson’s regular-season record of nine 3-pointers in a quarter. He did match Boston’s regular-season record of nine 3-pointers in a game, a feat accomplished by both Isaiah Thomas and Antoine Walker.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was present for Thomas’ outburst and Edwards’ offensive explosion still left him searching for the right words.

"I don't know if I've ever seen anything like that,” Stevens told reporters in Cleveland. "Those were deep, hard 3s. And how many? Eight? In like five minutes? I've never seen anything like that. I don't know that I have any reference points. He was pretty special.”

For his part, Edward shrugged off his part. He credited his teammates with finding him open shots. He suggested that he slipped into a similar shooting zone against top-seeded Virginia during the NCAA Tournament (that day, Edwards scored 42 points on 14-of-25 shooting with ten 3-pointers as Purdue nearly produced the upset).

What Stevens liked best was how Edwards, who took a hard shot to the nose in the opening minutes of the game, shook off an uneven first half to erupt in the second.

"I think the most encouraging part of the whole performance was I didn't think he was very good in the first half. And for him to be able to recenter and play and come out of the gates like that in the second, that's a great thing for a coach to learn about somebody,” Stevens told reporters. "Sometimes guys don't have it on a given night ... but you always know that he's probably one time from hitting the net away from getting hot.

"He lives on heat checks.”

The bigger picture here for the Celtics is that, in summer league and the preseason, Edwards has shown that his scoring skills should translate to the NBA. He might just be the microwave bench scoring option that the team has long coveted in the Stevens era.

It’s fair to want to see it in regular-season play. But it would also seem logical that Edwards might see even easier shots if he’s got talents such as Jayson Tatum or Gordon Hayward on the court and opposing teams can’t send their best defenders at him.

Not that it would deter him, anyhow. In the preseason, 31 of Edwards’ 43 field goal attempts came beyond the arc. He shot 45.2 percent from 3-point land and 51.2 percent overall. He scored 61 points in 73 minutes and the Celtics had an offensive rating of 112.6 when he was on the court.

Edwards’ usage percentage was 28.8 percent this preseason, a number driven slightly higher by his six turnovers. Still, he accounted for a staggering 34.1 percent of Boston’s points in his floor time.

This suggests that he won’t be particularly bashful when Stevens puts him into regular-season games. There’s backup guard minutes to be had with the departure of Terry Rozier and Edwards will get plenty of reps if he shoots like he has since arriving in Boston.

It’s a good sign for Boston if players like Waters need a bit of zinc oxide to combat any burns they get from being too close to Edwards moving forward.

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