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The Phoenix Suns are among one of at least seven teams with a strong interest in trading for Boston Celtics points guard Terry Rozier, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Also among those interested in Rozier: The Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Amico Hoops. Rozier is a native of Youngstown and attended high school in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights.
With Celtics starter Kyrie Irving emerging and remaining healthy (for the time being), Rozier is reportedly growing frustrated with his lack of minutes in reserve. The Celtics are said to be open to trading Rozier now that Irving has given the team a verbal commitment to re-sign in free agency.
The issue, of course, is Irving’s health. He has been injury-prone during both runs with the Cavs and Celtics, occasionally at the most meaningful time of year.
Rozier replaced Irving as a starter in the playoffs and proved he too is a starting-caliber guard. The Suns, in particular, are in need of a point guard.
The Cavs already have veteran George Hill and rookie Collin Sexton on the roster, and while it’s likely too early to give up on Sexton, a proven player like Rozier may be hard to pass up if he could be acquired for the right price.
“The Celtics selected Rozier far above where anyone expected them to at No. 16 overall in the 2015 draft,” Charania wrote. “They nailed the pick. But committing a full five-year maximum contract to Irving this offseason would make it difficult to match a potential $16-to-$20 million per year (or more) offer sheet on Rozier.”
Rozier, 24, is averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 assists in 23 minutes a game this season.