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Boston Celtics Terry Rozier shoots down reports of frustration with role: I have no complaints. At all
One day after a report trickled through Twitter that Rozier was frustrated with his playing time and the Celtics would need to deal him, Rozier said he would have talked to Danny Ainge himself if he had issues with his minutes — an opinion Ainge expressed Thursday morning on the radio as well.

“What Danny said makes sense because he knows me,” Rozier said. “If you dont know me, then you probably think Id say something like that. I woke up to the news just like you woke up to the news. I dont know where it came from, but like I said, Im happy to be in this position where Im at, to be playing on a team thats mentioned to have a chance to be in the championship, so Im not really worried whats being said. But Danny knows. And thats why he said what he said.”

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After Simmons tweet, Shams Charania of the Athletic included a note about seven teams watching Roziers status.

“It was pretty easy man, honestly,” Irving said. “… At the end of the day, I started kind of honing in on what meant the most to me, and that was having a future here in Boston, that was having great teammates, that was having a great training staff, that was having a great coaching staff, that was having great upper management.”

“Thats how it should be,” Rozier said. “There should be more. Im blessed to be putting on this uniform, representing this organization every day, so I have no complaints. At all.”

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Brad Stevens acknowledged the adjustment going from starter to the bench hasnt been easy for Rozier, which is to be expected.

Not from three (where they shot 12.5 percent). From the floor, which included layups and some wide-open triples. Once again, Bostons offense looked fine — good looks were available. There just seemed to be a lid on the basket, and it only got worse as more and more shots missed.

“Obviously, Terry was a big discussion point yesterday and Terrys been nothing but a great teammate here,” Stevens said. “Hes been nothing but a great guy here. Hes never said a word to me. You know that hes struggling not from saying something but just from not seeing the ball go in as much. But he just keeps on being him. Thats what we love about him. You wouldnt expect anyone thats as ambitious or as accomplished as him to feel any differently than that. And so at the end of the day its on us to help him play better.”

The occasional absence of Bostons offense remains one of the most inexplicable things about the 2018-19 Celtics. Sometimes the entire team, full of stars and potential stars, just cant make anything.

Rozier suggested some of his recent struggles have been a result of pressing — looking to create looks instead of playing within the flow of the game.

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“I feel like I was doing that a little bit,” Rozier said. “I wasnt saying so much minutes, but just when you try to watch a lot of film, you try to find out where you can be aggressive, where you can be effective on this good team, and its tough, but like I said, all that doesnt match if my mind is tangled up with things, if Im pressing it would be tough to play. So I mean it makes sense, so like I said, free mind, everything is good.”

“Thats one of the great things about Terry,” Stevens said. “Hes competitive, hes tough, he wants to impact the game, and sometimes when youre playing less you figure the best way to do that is be ultra-aggressive right out of the gate instead of letting the game and the easy play come to you. Thats something thats hard to adjust to and I think anybody would be struggling to adjust to. So Im not surprised at all that thats part of it and also one of the reasons why Im not gonna stop playing him the way hes playing. Hell get through this and hell be great, because of who he is.”

Rozier made it clear, though: While coming off the bench is harder than starting, and while the adjustment hasnt always been easy, he isnt complaining, and he certainly isnt going to do it through reporters.

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“I would never go to the media or bring out the unhappy thing, I would never do that,” Rozier said. “Like I said, people who know me know I wouldnt do that. Ive never been a selfish type of person, selfish player. You can tell the way I play Im all about team, we, everything. Everything will be alright. Its not as bad as people make it seem.”

The Celtics have had a rocky start to the 2018-19 season yet sit in third place with a 6-4 record. They have the 26th-ranked offense in the league and a unit that ranks 18th in pace. It wouldnt come as any shock if Boston was looking to shake things up. When you factor in that the Celtics will be looking to re-sign Irving in 2019 and that they wont have the cap space to re-sign a backup point guard like Rozier to a deal worth $16M-$20M, why would it be shocking that theyd be looking to deal Rozier to receive something in return for him while they can?

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Terry Rozier refutes report he is unhappy with Celtics

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge denied a report Thursday that teams have expressed interest in trading for guard Terry Rozier.

The Celtics could very well keep Rozier. After all, Irving looks a step slower and Boston is trying to establish Eastern Conference supremacy for the first time with this current core. It doesnt hurt to have depth, and Rozier gives them exactly that. However, Ainge also knows how to negotiate and get value out of guys before their contracts expire.

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Appearing on Toucher and Rich (h/t Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston), Ainge said no teams have called him about Rozier since the start of the season.   

On Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier in hopes of acquiring him.

Charania also reported that Rozier has been unhappy with his playing time, but Ainge saidRozier hasnt mentioned anything about that to him, and added that he believes Rozier would “come to me and talk to me or [head coach] Brad [Stevens], and that hasnt happened.”

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