Boston, Massachusetts - For a while during this off-season (pretty much since Marcus Smart rejoined the Boston Celtics), it seemed like Danny Ainge was content with the most recent iteration of his Celtics roster. A team that was largely comprised of the same players Boston boasted last season, Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens reiterated their desire to see their championship ambitions through with the current assembly of high caliber players. This past week, though, it almost seemed like a wrench was about to be thrown into this plan by the Phoenix Suns.
The Suns have one of the most abysmal crop of point guards in the entire NBA with Elie Okobo as their starting point guard and De’Anthony Melton and Isaiah Canaan rounding out the position. Because of this dire situation, Phoenix took to the trade market to try to acquire a point guard for their team, but their top asset is a draft pick they procured from the Milwaukee Bucks, which many NBA insiders say is not at all valuable.
The Suns initially pursued guards like Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker, but according to John Gambadoro, a radio host in Arizona, Phoenix was also looking at potentially making a trade with Boston for Terry Rozier. Last year, Rozier recorded 11.3 points per game and 2.9 assists per game and became a crucial piece of the post-season puzzle (with 16.5 points per game and 5.7 assists per game) after Kyrie Irving went down with an injury during the regular season.
While Rozier may not be on the same level as Lillard, he is still definitely an improvement over the Suns’ current situation at point guard. However, he is also an important member of the team and Ainge refused to trade him to Phoenix, opting instead to stand pat with the current roster.
However, there are still many questions popping up from the Celtics fan base, especially considering that Rozier is now viewed as an asset around the league. Fans are wondering if Rozier might perpetually be involved in trade rumors, despite the notion that many wish Rozier could be valued more as a player first and a potential trade piece second. For now, though, Irving’s backup is staying put.