The Knicks need Terry Rozier
With the New York Knicks still looking for an established point guard, Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics would make a lot of sense for them.
The 24 year-old Rozier is a very good young point guard that is of course currently stuck behind Kyrie Irving up in Boston. And with Kyrie likely not going anywhere, it would be nice if Rozier could play for an organization where can be a full-time starter.
Despite the fact that Emmanuel Mudiay has been playing well this season, we don’t know if he’s the answer for the Knicks at the point guard spot.
Rozier is more proven and showed a lot last season after leading the Celtics further in the playoffs last season than anyone thought after losing both Irving and Gordon Hayward to injuries.
Rozier is in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer with a $4,285,797 qualifying offer, that he could sign if he chooses to stick around for another year before he tests the market.
Now of course if another team makes an offer to Rozier, the Celtics could match it and keep him around for one season.
Instead of trying to sign Rozier as a restricted free agent or wait until he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2020, the Knicks could try and trade for him right now for the February deadline.
The problem is, what can the Knicks offer the Celtics that would make them want to get a deal done?
My guess is that Boston will want a first round pick in exchange for Rozier. Which wouldn’t be bad. Now, the Knicks shouldn’t hand over their 2019 first round pick, but their 2020 pick would be fine.
One problem though with trading for Rozier is that New York will have to give him a new contract. They will need to free up cap space in order to do so, while also having a chance at signing a big-name free agent like Kevin Durant next summer.
With that being said, it would be ideal if New York is able to unload both Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee.
If the Knicks can ship out Lee and Hardaway, trading for Rozier would make a lot of sense and would make a huge difference for them with guys like Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Knox on the floor.
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