Reports: Rozier to be signed, traded to Hornets
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 06:09 AM
FILE - BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts to a play in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Charlotte will lose Kemba Walker, but reportedly not for nothing. Multiple reports, including Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, say Terry Rozier will wind up with the Hornets via sign-and-trade with a three-year, $58 million contract.
Sources: Boston's showing interest in a 3-team sign-and-trade w/ Kyrie Irving (Nets), Kemba Walker (Celtics) and Terry Rozier (Hornets). Boston wants to create a full MLE and would likely need to surrender at least a first-round pick to Nets. So far, talks are exploratory.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Rozier became a prime free agent candidate once his All-Star peers at point guard had already chosen their destinations. The Hornets would appear to have jumped to the front of the line with a good-sized contract.
The news comes despite Rozier coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged just 9.0 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting. The Hornets are no doubt banking on Rozier recapturing his 2017-18 form, which saw him step in for an injured Kyrie Irving and average 16.5 points during the Celtics' Eastern Conference finals run.