Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Terry Rozier has not expressed frustration about his minutes and he’s unaware of a report suggesting that seven teams are monitoring his situation.
During his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program, Ainge said Rozier has not expressed concern about his playing time and that no team has contacted Ainge about Rozier’s availability since the start of the season.
"I talk to Terry quite a bit and I haven’t heard any of those types of things. So I don’t know how reliable any of the sources or rumors are,” said Ainge. "Terry hasn’t shared any of those with me, and I think he would if he was feeling that way. Terry knew going in this year what his situation, what his role was going to be, and he was as excited and enthusiastic as anybody on our team for the upcoming season. I know for sure that Terry would love to be playing more more minutes but there’s a lot of guys on the team that would love to be playing more minutes.”
Ainge said he has a close relationship with Rozier and believes, if he was frustrated, he would voice his concerns with team management.
"I feel like I have this relationship with Terry where he would come to me and talk to me or [coach] Brad [Stevens] if he was really frustrated about his situation,” said Ainge. "And none of that has happened."
A tweet from the Ringer’s Bill Simmons Wednesday suggested Rozier was upset with his role and that teams around the league knew the Celtics would have to explore deals to move him. The Athletic reported that at least seven teams were monitoring Rozier’s situation.
Ainge dismissed all the reports and speculation.
"I don’t know where any of this stuff is coming from. I don’t know anything about the seven teams monitoring him and all that kinda stuff,” said Ainge. "I don’t believe any of it, put it that way.”
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