Why NBA Insiders View Terry Rozier-To-Hornets As Most Questionable Offseason Move


July 10, 2019

The Charlotte Hornets, for whatever reason, were very high on Terry Rozier this summer.

Like really, really high.

The Hornets acquired Rozier in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics, who reeled in All-Star point guard Kemba Walker via the deal. Rozier cashed in upon landing in Charlotte, as he reportedly garnered a three-year, $58 million deal. This obviously isn’t a max contract, but it still is a fairly lofty price tag for a player of Rozier’s caliber.

As such, ESPN NBA insiders Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin both viewed Rozier-to-Charlotte as the most questionable offseason move thus far.

“The sign-and-trade for Terry Rozier (three years, $58 million) in Charlotte doesn’t make any sense,” Bontemps writes. “Sure, the Hornets didn’t have a point guard after losing Kemba Walker, but Tomas Satoransky and Delon Wright were both signed-and-traded for contracts that fit the midlevel exception — half of Rozier’s contract. Tyus Jones was signed by Memphis to a similarly reasonable deal. All of them are in the same range of player as Rozier. This is just the latest head-scratching move by Charlotte over the past decade.”

McMenamin added: “Not only is he replacing one of the most beloved figures in franchise history in Kemba Walker; not only was he one of the major voices of unrest in a testy Boston locker room last season; not only did he once go 2-for-14 from the field (0-for-10 from 3) in a Game 7 at home with a trip to the Finals on the line; but we’re also talking about a guy with career numbers of 38 percent shooting and 2.3 assists per game at point guard earning $19 million a year. It’s mind-boggling.”

It’s certainly tough to justify Rozier’s new deal, and Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak’s attempt to do so wasn’t exactly a successful one.

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