Rozier Looking at Hornets Gig
BOSTON – Free agent point guard Terry Rozier is expected to agree to a three-year, $58 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets on a sign-and-trade deal, according to The Athletic.
Rozier, 25, has spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics, who are losing Kyrie Irving in free agency, which opened Sunday night. But the Celtics are expected to sign Hornets’ three-time All-Star Kemba Walker as a replacement at point guard.
Rozier, the 16th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft out of Louisville, would figure to step into a starting role in Charlotte after starting 30 games in 272 appearances with Boston, where he averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 points in his career.
The Athletic reported that Rozier was considering the Phoenix Suns before the deal with the Hornets came together and the Suns settled on a three-year $58M deal with veteran Ricky Rubio.
Horford Could Sign with Kings
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings are poised to make a “massive offer” to free agent center Al Horford, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
Free agency begqan Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, and the Kings are expected to make their offer soon.
Horford, 33, declined his 2018-19 option of $30.1 million with the Boston Celtics. The New York Times reported that Horford could receive a four-year offer worth at least $100 million.
Horford spent the past three years in Boston since arriving on a free agent deal from Atlanta, where he played the first nine seasons of his career. The five-time All-Star averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 68 games for the Celtics last season.
He has career averages of 14.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Walker Signs for 4-Years with Cs
Three-time All-Star Kemba Walker signed his contract in Boston on Sunday, confirming his agreement to join the Celtics on a four-year, $141 million deal, according to multiple reports.
Walker, who spent eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, will become a free agent at 6 p.m. ET Sunday but cannot sign his contract until July 6.
He informed the Hornets of his decision, The Charlotte Observer reported.
The Celtics have prioritized Walker as a replacement at point guard for Kyrie Irving, whom the Celtics did not expect to re-sign. Yahoo Sports reports Boston will renounce its rights to restricted free agent point guard Terry Rozier to clear cap space, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Just a few weeks ago, Walker said he would take less than the five-year, $221 million “supermax” contract only the Hornets could offer him to stay in Charlotte.
The Observer reported on Saturday, however, that team officials were set on paying less than $170 million because of concerns about the NBA luxury tax in the future.
In Boston, Walker will be counted on to bring veteran leadership to a team that suffered from dissension in the locker room in the 2018-19 season.
The 29-year-old Connecticut product averaged 25.6 points and 5.9 assists while starting all 82 games for the Hornets last season. Those numbers are above his eight-year career averages of 19.8 points and 5.5 assists.
Walker could anchor a starting lineup featuring Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Theis Gets Qualifying Offer
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics reportedly extended qualifying offers to guard Terry Rozier and center Daniel Theis, making both players restricted free agents.
Both players provided depth off the bench along with occasional starts last season. The Celtics finished 49-33 during the regular season but lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.
Rozier, 25, averaged 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 79 games (14 starts) last season. He has spent his first four years with the Celtics but is expected to sign with the Charlotte Hornets.
Theis, 27, tallied 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 66 contests (two starts). He has played the past two seasons with Boston and the club is expected to match any league offers.
–Field Level Media