Terry Rozier might be over it.
And by “it,” we mean the Boston Celtics.
The 2018-19 season is just barely a month old, and Rozier already has experienced a year’s worth of rumors and speculation. Following his breakout performance in last season’s playoffs, the Celtics guard is averaging just 8.4 points and 4.4 assists in 23.1 minutes per game. He was relative non-factor again Monday night, scoring eight points in just 19 minutes in Boston’s 117-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Rozier’s decreased usage — in the wake of Kyrie Irving’s return — has led to reports the fourth-year guard wants to be traded and is drawing significant interest around the NBA. For what it’s worth, the Louisville product has denied any angst over his playing time.
But then Rozier took to Twitter on Tuesday and posted this:
Celtics fans unsurprisingly interpreted the tweet as Rozier saying it would be best if Boston dealt him. And hey, that’s what happens when you start firing off cryptic social media posts.
An hour later, Rozier attempted to clear the air with this equally vague tweet:
We’re going to take Rozier at his word, as publicly demanding a trade really doesn’t seem like his style. The damage done by the first tweet likely can’t be reversed, however.
Here are some of the reactions from Celtics fans:
At the end of the day, it would be a surprise if the Celtics elected to move on from Rozier. His ability to score off the bench is crucial, and Boston’s best chance to right the ship is to keep its enormously talented roster intact.
If things don’t turn around for Rozier and the Celtics soon, though, speculation will only increase.
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