The Celts still have to find out what Al Horford wants to do. The veteran can opt out of the approximately $29 million he has coming next year, and, according to a league source, Horford would like to stay. The source added that hed take a more team-friendly number for next season if he can get two more years tacked on.
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Entering the fourth and final year of a max contract signed back in 2016, getting Horford to essentially rework his contract to a more team-friendly deal is something that legitimately only benefits the Cs, as Horford departing would not create much of anything in terms of cap space should Horford decide to leave by way of an opt out.
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It would also help the Green as Horford, at this stage of his career, is not what you would consider a typical max player.
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Managed carefully due to some nagging knee ailments this past season, Horford averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 68 contests for the Celtics this past season. Those 6.7 boards per game were the lowest average of his three-year run with the Cs, and the same could be said for his 29:01 per night. But Horford certainly showed his worth in the postseason, with a team-best three double-doubles while averaging over 34 minutes per night in Bostons two-round run.
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Whether or not Horford indeed opts out remains to be seen, of course, but at least theres a definite sign that he would want to return to Boston should that happen this summer.
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Terry Rozier hasnt been happy in Boston for a very long time. After breakout performances in last years playoffs, the combo guard looked poised for a bigger role going forward. Obviously, that never happened.
With Kyrie Irving on board, there was never going to be enough shots and minutes for Rozier, and even if Irving winds up leaving in the summer, Rozier is clearly pissed off about the way Brad Stevens handled him all year long.
Many truly believe that Rozier has an issue with Kyrie Irving and the way he plays as well as conducts himself with the team.
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That being said, it looks like theres no way the Celtics are going to be able to keep Scary Terry beyond this season. Assuming they want to, they dont have enough money to make an offer that suits his demands, and still, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown would take a lot of shots away from him.
But, where could he thrive the most? Where could he get paid and have enough playing time to flourish as a scorer? Lets take a look:
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The Charlotte Hornets have been stuck on a mediocrity spiral for quite some time, and theres a huge chance that they might end up without their lone All-Star if Kemba Walker decides to walk away in the summer.
“I wouldve said that this is impossible for many months. But as time passes here and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers coach, I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting – that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open,” Windhorst said. “… It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think its on Kyries radar, its on Kyries board. He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers.”
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Obviously, a veteran Tony Parker wont be able to lead this team to the playoffs, but Rozier, Bridges, and Monk could pull it off. Still, theres a lot of work this team needs to do in the offseason if they want to compete.
“The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyries announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage,” Ainge said Friday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “And I think that its more like an engagement. And were going to get married on July 1st. … In my individual conversations with Kyrie, were still engaged but we really cant make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st.”
If the Phoenix Suns dont end up drafting Ja Morant as expected, theyre likely to try and make a trade for Lonzo Ball. However, with the Lakers struggling to get top-tier talents, thats not likely to happen.
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So, Rozier could join a team full of young stars with a bright future thats also in desperate need of a starting point guard, and you know hell have the green light to shoot as many times as he wants.
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The Indiana Pacers are set to face a key offseason, as they have a lot of players that are bound to become free agents after putting together an impressive run even without their top player Victor Oladipo.
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Both Darren Collison and Corey Joseph are going to become unrestricted free agents and while theyre high on Aaron Holiday, hes not ready to be the teams starting point guard as of today, so hed be a nice boost at that spot.
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This team has never been truly sold on Ricky Rubio. Also, the Spaniard is quite injury prone and it seems like theyve already found the way to win without him, so perhaps theyll move on from him in the summer.
A Mitchell-Rozier backcourt would be great for the fans, even though defense may be a huge issue going forward. Still, hed have a much bigger role with the Jazz, and they have enough money.
The Orlando Magic have been looking for a starting point guard for quite some long time, and while they may lose Nikola Vucevic in the offseason, they still were able to put together a nice run to make it to the playoffs.
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Aaron Gordon and Mo Bamba can wind up being stars and Rozier is still very young so he could be able to build something great here with the Magic. They have a huge need, and some spare cash, so its a match made in heaven.