Terry Rozier has revealed what he wants out of free agency.
The Boston Celtics point guard will be in a position where he will be able to make demands next summer, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The Cs exercised their team option for 2018-2019 on the player last year, but he's now headed for free agency. And, unless they can agree terms on a new deal, he's going to be playing his basketball elsewhere next season.
Of course, this is still all far-fetched. While the player has emerged as a target for several teams after his role in Boston's run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals this season, it's still hard to imagine the Celtics letting him go.
The biggest problem they're facing nowadays is keeping both Rozier and Kyrie Irving happy, something which was much easier to do before the latter got injured last season and the former blew up.
Rozier has shown that he deserves to be a starter and would likely be exactly that on another team, so the Celtics could have their challenges in convincing him that Boston is where he belongs.
The 24-year-old was recently interviewed by Jay King of The Athletic and, naturally, there were questions regarding his upcoming free agency.
"I want everything I deserve. And I’m going to get everything I deserve," he said. "Like I said, I’ve been around this game long enough to see how both sides work, and that’s why it helped me make my decisions."
Asked to be a bit more specific, Rozier revealed he simply wants to play.
“I just want to play. Play and have fun. Put a smile on my face,” he replied. “Terry’s at his best when he’s smiling. Everybody knows that. I like to smile, have fun, stuff like that. I’m always going to play for the name on the front, not the name on the back.”
What This Means
Terry just wants to play, smile and be happy. Sounds simple enough, right?
Unfortunately for Boston, that's probably the biggest demand he could possibly make. A bigger contract would definitely prove an easier task for the star-studded team, but keeping Terry happy with a player like Irving in the team is where the real challenge lies.