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Report: Suns likely to make a strong push for Terry Rozier in free agency

Report: Suns likely to make a strong push for Terry Rozier in free agency
Published On: Mon, Mar 04
Mar 21, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Mario Hezonja (23) and Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier (12) dive for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at TD Garden. The Boston Celtics won 107-96. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

TheA Phoenix SunsA andA Terry RozierA have long been connected since before this season even started. 98.7 FMa€™sA John Gambadoro reported back in OctoberA that both Ryan McDonough and James Jones tried to trade forA RozierA before ultimately settling on a 1-year deal forA Jamal Crawford.

According to The Ringera€™s Kevin Oa€™Connor, Boston declined a proposed trade from the Suns that woulda€™ve sent a protected first-round pick forA Rozier. TheA CelticsA said no because they wanted Phoenixa€™s pick to be unprotected. Oa€™Connor also mentioned that the Sunsa€™ interest remains strong in the 6a€™1a€ point guard as free agency inches closer.

a€œRozier will also be a restricted free agent, with Phoenix considered by league sources as a team likely to make a strong push for the point guard,a€ Oa€™Connor said. a€œThe Suns offered a protected first-round pick for Rozier before the season, but Boston demanded an unprotected first, per league sources. WereA IrvingA to leave, Rozier would be his logical replacement in the starting lineup.a€

Boston severely underachieving this season has opened the door forA Kyrie IrvingA to bolt. Unless GM Danny Ainge decides to move all-in forA Anthony DavisA sendingA Jayson Tatum,A Jaylen BrownA and other parts in the process,A IrvingA seems likely to don blue and orange in New York alongsideA Kevin Durant.

TheA DavisA domino is the ultimate decision that will change the league-wide landscape. If theA KnicksA win the draft lottery, ita€™s possible they could ship the rights to Zion Williamson forA Davispairing him withA IrvingA andA Durant. So many possibilities exist for the NBA to change in an instant this offseason.

How this impacts the Suns hinges on whether they want to match an offer sheet for Rozier or not. The big question is how much will the contract cost on their books? All indications point to Rozier wanting at least $15 million per year (something along the lines of $15-16 million over 3-4 years), which would put him right around league average in terms of highest salaries at the point guard position.

Trying to connect the dots,A Ray SpaldingA was signed earlier this week through the rest of the season with partial guarantees for 2019-20. His agent is Aaron Turner. Ironically enough, Turnera€™s biggest client is Rozier.

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