Rozier frightened opposing backcourts last year with his well-rounded guard play, icy stepback jumpers and active perimeter defense. Following the season-ending injury of Kyrie Irving that, at the time, seemed to have ended the Celtics’ hopes for a deep run in the East, Scary Terry stepped up. In fact, he filled the void so well that his play prompted questions around his potential role on the C’s.
Boston’s rotation is stacked and—especially at the guard positions—minutes will be sparse. The Celtics' front office is known to be both cold-blooded and proactive, and the manner in which they move forward with Rozier will largely be determined by his play this season. If Rozier, a free agent after this season, continues to prove he can be a starting guard on a contender, he may merit a max contract in a free market. The Celtics (who are roughly $25M over the salary cap) will need to either free up cap space to make room or trade him by the deadline.
Of course, the elephant in the room here is Kyrie Irving. There’s a chance—if Rozier balls out and Irving gets injured—that the Celtics front office doubles down on Rozier and deals Irving. I would not want to be the guy betting against Rozier (or Danny Ainge, for that matter).
Off the court, after his success this year, Rozier dodged the larger shoe companies to sign with up-and-coming Puma.
“Me signing with Puma is basically letting you know, I'm taking over the Puma world,” Rozier told Bleacher Report. “You got guys taking over Adidas, you got guys taking over Nike… Whatever. I'm competing with the Puma world and I'm taking over that shit.”