The Boston Celtics came into this season with elevated expectations, and rightfully so. Coming off an Eastern Conference Finals berth in which they took LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games, the Celtics were expected to be an Eastern Conference powerhouse this season.
Instead, the team combusted and the chemistry between players was elusive all season. In the middle of it all was point guard Terry Rozier, the floor general who led them to said Conference Finals appearance. However, after a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign, Rozier had some interesting things to say about his future when he appeared on ESPN’s First Take.
Rozier is set to be a restricted free agent this summer and it’s looking more and more like his days in Boston are coming to a close. Rozier told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he wouldn’t return next season if the Celtics went into it with the same roster.
If the Celtics don't make any roster changes this offseason, would @T_Rozzay3 want to keep playing in Boston?
Here's his answer: pic.twitter.com/3fJuaORoTN
— First Take (@FirstTake) May 14, 2019
That being said, Terry Rozier doesn’t have ultimate control over his future and his ability to leave in the offseason. Rozier is still a restricted free agent, which will give the Celtics a chance to match any offer sheet me may receive.
Rozier should still garner plenty of interest on the market, though the number of teams without a point guard of the future continues to dwindle. One of those teams in need of a point guard is the New York Knicks, who are also expected to be in the mix for teammate and fellow free agent Kyrie Irving.
However, when Rozier was asked on Jalen & Jacoby whether he could see himself living in New York as a member of the Knicks, the Louisville product said he would relish that opportunity.
— Jalen & Jacoby (@JalenandJacoby) May 14, 2019
Terry Rozier and the Boston Celtics as a whole certainly have one of the more intriguing offseasons ahead. Expect things to really ramp up once free agency officially begins on July 1.