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Terry Rozier's agent compares 'elite' guard to Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley

Terry Rozier's agent compares 'elite' guard to Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley

As the agent who convinced the Charlotte Hornets to pay Terry Rozier $58 million over three years, Aaron Turner obviously is confident in his client.

But Rozier's agent still managed to raise eyebrows while talking up the former Boston Celtics point guard this week.

"People say, ‘Oh, Terry only shot this percentage,' " Turner told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. "The Hornets are bringing him in to start. Look at his numbers as a starter.

"He’s right there with the elite, the [Mike] Conleys, the [Kyle] Lowrys. He’s not far behind Kyrie (Irving). He’s elite as a starter, and that’s what they’re bringing him in to do."

Celtics fans may be wondering which player Turner watched last season. Rozier averaged just 9.0 points and 2.9 assists per game and shot 38.7 percent from the floor as Irving's backup, which statistically puts him more in the company of Landry Shamet and Tomas Satoransky than proven talents like Conley and Lowry.

Of course, Turner argues Rozier is a much better player as a starter, and the numbers bear that out: The 25-year-old put up 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists over 30 regular-season starts in Boston and averaged 16.5 points per game during the 2017-18 playoffs with Irving sidelined.

Turner is convinced we'll see more of "Playoff Terry" in Charlotte, where Rozier is expected to fill Kemba Walker's point guard void.

"I think he’s going to flourish," Turner said. "I think he’s going to be Terry from the playoffs and more. I think in a year from now, people are going to be like, ‘I can’t believe the Hornets got Terry Rozier for the deal they got him for.’

"Right now, people are saying like ‘Wow, people paid that much for Terry?’ I think in a year, the narrative is going to be totally different."

Both Rozier's agent and Rozier himself have talked a big game about what's he capable of, and their confidence clearly paid off with his lucrative deal. But Rozier will have to seriously elevate his game to prevent Turner's hot take from going ice cold.

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Lakers-Clippers first non-weather NBA postponement since the Boston Marathon bombings

Lakers-Clippers first non-weather NBA postponement since the Boston Marathon bombings

In the aftermath of the death of Kobe Bryant, the NBA has made the decision to postpone the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game that had been scheduled for Tuesday night.

The league stated in an official press release that the decision was made "out of respect" for the Lakers as they "deeply grieve" the loss of Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

Postponing the game is absolutely a sensible decision, but it is rare for the league to do so. As ESPN's Ramona Shelburne pointed out on Twitter, this is the first time that an NBA game had been cancelled or postponed under such circumstances since the Boston Marathon Bombings of 2013.

The NBA has also postponed or cancelled games in the past due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbine High School massacre, and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. But it's not a common occurrance fpr games to be cancelled for non-weather-related reasons, so this is notable.

Because it was so late in the season, the Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers game was cancelled altogether, as it had no bearing on the final standings in the Eastern Conference.

But the Lakers-Clippers game will be made up at a later date. And surely, the battle for L.A. will contain some tribute to Bryant as they celebrate the life of one of the NBA's greatest.

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NBA Power Rankings: Countdown to the trade deadline

NBA Power Rankings: Countdown to the trade deadline

BOSTON — With the trade deadline right around the corner, a potential power shift is indeed on the horizon. 

What will the Detroit Pistons do with Andre Drummond? 

We’ve spent most of the season talking about Kevin Love being on the move. Will the Cavs find a partner willing to give them the king’s ransom they’ll seek in such a deal?

And then there’s lesser-known talent like Minnesota’s Robert Covington, widely viewed as a potential piece who could provide some added depth for a team whose sights are set on a deep playoff run. 

Let’s not forget about Andre Iguodala, who is on the books in Memphis but hasn’t played a game all season. While he’s a proven impact player as a starter or as a reserve, is rendering a first-round pick too much for the soon-to-be-36-year-old who's also a  former NBA Finals MVP?

Lots of players, lots of questions and we know what that usually means: lots of fireworks and drama on the rumor mill between now and the February 6 trade deadline. 

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