Terry Rozier showcased his ability to be a starting point guard in the league during last season’s playoffs, yet he’s stuck behind Kyrie Irving in Boston. Rozier’s future with the club remains unclear, as he will be a restricted free agent after the season. He spoke about his desire to run with the first team on Rick Pitino’s podcast.
“I’m going into my fifth year after this, so I would love to start,” Rozier told Pitino (via Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports). “Nothing is wrong with being the sixth man coming off the bench, but I don’t really look at myself as that. But that’s not my main focus. Of course I want to win. I’ve been a winner all my life, coming through your program and then being with the Boston Celtics.
“I like winning. I don’t know how I can adjust if I try to take a starting job somewhere but I’m playing for an awful team and we’re not winning no more. It’s just something that I don’t think that I can adjust to — being around people that’s OK with just losing.”
Rozier said he wants to keep his options open. “I feel like I’ve seen a lot in these four years how much a business this is. I think I should get everything I deserve,” he explained.
GM Danny Ainge is a huge fan of Rozier, though it will difficult for the Celtics to pay top dollar for someone who won’t be able to crack the starting five. That position assumes Irving stays put, as the former No. 1 pick stated he would. Should Irving depart as a free agent this summer, Scary Terry may be able to find “everything” he’s looking for without leaving town.
Kyrie Irving was the first Celtics player to get his game together after a sluggish start.…