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NBA Rumors: Terry Rozier on Bulls' radar, could be 'exactly who the team needs'

NBA Rumors: Terry Rozier on Bulls' radar, could be 'exactly who the team needs'

Terry Rozier just wants to be wanted. Apparently he's getting his wish.

The Boston Celtics guard is on the Chicago Bulls' radar as he enters restricted free agency, The Athletic's Darnell Mayberry reported Thursday.

The Bulls are drawn to Rozier's "fearless play and hard-nosed defensive effort," according to Mayberry, who reports there's a "genuine belief" in Chicago that Rozier "could be exactly who the team needs."

Mayberry's report comes just two days after Rozier aired out his grievances with the Celtics, pointing to the sacrifices he made this season as a backup to Kyrie Irving and admitting he wouldn't want to stay in Boston if Irving and Gordon Hayward return for another season.

It appears the Bulls are at least interested in giving Rozier the fresh start he covets, although the 25-year-old guard has some competition: Chicago also is interested in free-agent point guard Patrick Beverly, according to Mayberry, and must decide if Rozier is even an upgrade over current point guard Kris Dunn, who has very comparable numbers.

If the Bulls are serious about pursuing Rozier, they'll need to send him an offer sheet, which the Celtics then can choose to match.

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Celtics' Kemba Walker approves of Jaylen Brown's extension: 'He deserves it'

Celtics' Kemba Walker approves of Jaylen Brown's extension: 'He deserves it'

Kemba Walker hasn't been Jaylen Brown's teammate for very long; the two players haven't even played a regular-season game together yet.

But after getting an up-close look at Brown during FIBA World Cup play, training camp, and the preseason, Walker likes what he sees from Brown, who inked a four-year contract extension worth up to $115 million on Monday afternoon.

The deal comes just three and a half months after Walker signed a $141 million contract with Boston — and to Walker, this latest deal reaffirms the franchise's commitment to winning.

“I know what these guys are all about, man, and this organization, they want to win,” Walker told Jared Weiss of The Athletic Monday afternoon. “You have to invest in the players, and Jaylen, he deserves it. I’m super, super happy for him.”

Had Brown not signed on the dotted line Monday, he would've been a restricted free agent next summer. But now he can play out the season with job security instead of potentially getting distracted by questions about playing for a new contract.

“I’m not saying Jaylen would do it, but it can be hard for a guy to be playing for a contract just for one year,” said Walker, who marveled at Brown's intelligence on the court. “He could’ve not took it and played the year out to showcase himself to other teams or even the Celtics again. Now it’s just less pressure. Now he really can just play basketball, work on his game and just continue to get better without worrying about his contract situation. I think it’s a huge burden off his back.”

It sure looked like there was a burden off both Brown and Danny Ainge's backs when the pen was put to paper Monday. Brown posted a picture of the big moment on the Instagram page for 7uice, his official brand. 

Brown's big week continues Wednesday when the Celtics open the season against the 76ers — and then on Thursday, when he celebrates his 23rd birthday.

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Predicting the NBA Awards ahead of the 2019-20 season

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Predicting the NBA Awards ahead of the 2019-20 season

The NBA experienced an unprecedented amount of player movement during the 2019 offseason, and the Warriors are no longer the overwhelming favorite for the championship. Now that the hierarchy in the league has changed and both conferences are more wide open than ever, how will that impact the league's award races?

Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely give their predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Awards, including who they think will win MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

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