Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge denied a report Thursday that teams have expressed interest in trading for guard Terry Rozier.
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.
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On Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier in hopes of acquiring him.
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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.”
BOSTON — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irvings media tour assuring Celtics fans he plans to re-sign over the summer continued Thursday morning, when The Athletic and Stadiums Shams Charania released a 1-on-1 with Irving in which the guard once again praised Bostons culture.
Irving told Celtics fans at a season-ticket holder event in September he plans to re-sign, but he has requested reporters not ask about contract details so the Celtics dont get in trouble with the league.
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“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.”
But perhaps most interesting: Irving wants to be a part of Bostons legacy. Playing for teams with plenty of historical significance seems to mean a lot to him.
“Most importantly, its being connected to an incredible, incredible culture that has existed way before me and will exist after me and I wanted to be a part of that,” Irving said. “It was the same conversation that I had with my dad when I went to Duke, same conversation I had when I was a St. Patrick Celtic. Its the next challenge in my career and I need to handle it face on.”