Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier made an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up! on Tuesday morning, where he discussed Kyrie Irving, the Boston Celtics’ disappointing season and his own free agency.
Rozier had a disappointing season, and he enters free agency a year after turning down a similar extension to the one Marcus Smart received — roughly $12 million per year. His situation is a bit complicated: He’s a restricted free agent, so the Celtics can match any offer sheet he receives. Boston, meanwhile, is waiting on an answer from Irving as to whether or not he plans to return. If he returns, Rozier will likely be allowed to walk. If he leaves, the Celtics will likely retain Rozier.
“I’m looking forward to just play ball,” Rozier said on Get Up! “I don’t care where I go. Obviously the Celtics is the only organization I knew for four years. I love it there, and we just have to go from there.”
What is he expecting?
“I expect for me to get my chance, whether it’s with the Celtics or it’s anywhere else,” Rozier said. “I feel like I can be myself and play my game wherever I go.”
It’s unclear what type of offer Rozier would receive on the open market — he has a great postseason under his belt, and teams could certainly still see in him the makings of a quality starting point guard. But his 2018-19 campaign — riddled with inconsistency — won’t be a great selling point entering the offseason.
A couple of other notes from Rozier’s appearance: Rozier praised Irving while giving insight into why Irving might have been difficult to play with this year.
“He’s a great guy, great leader,” Rozier said. “You know, you just have to adjust to his style. Whatever Kyrie wants done, he’s gonna show it, that’s what he wants done. You have to adjust to his style of play and how he goes about every game and every day.”
Rozier was also asked why the on-court product didn’t work as well as expected. His answer — which he returned to a couple of times — seemed to revolve around rotations.
“We would have our first five, then we had a second five, and then when we go out there, I feel like a lot of guys would be mixed up,” Rozier said. “It wouldn’t be the first five, the second five. What we talked about in practice is not what we went through in the game. It’s like, ‘Alright, we’re going to keep Kyrie out there and we’re going to put other guys out there with him, and we’re going to figure it out.’”