The Charlotte Hornets lost franchise point guard Kemba Walker yesterday, but have already begun their plan to “replace” him.
Per source, the Hornets intend to sign free agent point guard Terry Rozier once free agency begins at 6 pm EST. Ironically, a former Celtic. In addition to this, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the deal is worth $58M over three years. The Nets, Celtics, and Hornets are exploring a potential sign-and-trade between the carousel of point guards: Kemba Walker (to Boston), Kyrie Irving (to Brooklyn), and Terry Rozier (to Charlotte).
“Scary Terry” was the 16th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, and his breakout came in 2017-2018 when he and the “Hospital Celtics” led the team to a game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 11 points, 2.9 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game on 25 minutes.
Rozier plays the point guard position like a glass cannon. Listed at 6’1″ 190 lbs, he relies on his speed to get downhill into the lane. He’s very explosive, but sometimes plays too fast for his own good, and is prone to mistakes. Additionally, he’s not the best shooter, shooting less than 40% from the floor for his career.
I still like this signing for a number of reasons. First, I think his age (25) will compliment the young core well, as that will be the direction the franchise intends to go over the next couple years.
Secondly, his game gels with second-year point guard Devonte Graham. Graham is a very steady flowing point guard, while Rozier as I said above is eratic. It will allow the Hornets to play multiple styles this season.
Thirdly, I’m just here for chaos at this point. I know a lot of fans already aren’t excited to bring in Rozier, but he’s a fun (and frustrating) player to watch, and I would rather have that while losing than no fun at all. Inject the chaos into my veins.
Finally, I’ve been saying for weeks that I want the Hornets to sign Rozier. Thanks for continuing to make me look start, Mitch.