Terry Rozier will be the new starting point guard for the Charlotte Hornets, as he is nearing an agreement on a three-year, $58 million deal via sign-and-trade.
It didn’t take long for the Charlotte Hornets to find their replacement for Kemba Walker at the point guard position. Terry Rozier, who has spent the first four years of his career in Boston behind the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving, will be joining the Hornets on a three-year contract worth $58 million.
Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report the breaking news.
Ironically, Walker will be joining Rozier’s former team in the Celtics; he’s agreed to a four-year, $142 million deal with Boston.
All three years of his contract will be fully guaranteed, so it’s clear that the Hornets are committed to him. It’s a lot of money for Rozier, but considering he’ll be a for-sure starter and will put up some numbers, it may be worth it in the end. Charlotte will still likely lose a lot of games, though.
I personally like this move by Charlotte. Rozier has shown some promise throughout his career, but could never find the correct momentum coming off the bench. He has starting point guard upside, and he will have the chance to show what he can truly do in Charlotte with a Hornets team that just lost their All-Star guard.
Yeah, Charlotte definitely overpaid for him, but it’s clear that they wanted him. His production is going to improve a lot in Charlotte and he will be one of the clear best players on the roster. It’s a risk, but a risk that I think could pay off.
Rozier is a young guy and fits the timeline for the franchise. It will be exciting to watch him grow as a player, along with some of the other youngsters on the team like Miles Bridges, Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk and PJ Washington. This should be a good deal for both parties involved.
Last season in Boston, Rozier averaged just 9.0 points and 2.9 assists in 22.7 minutes. He struggled shooting the ball, but he has shown in the past that he is a capable shooter. I wouldn’t be surprised if those averages doubled when he becomes a member of the Hornets.
Rozier can officially sign his deal with the Hornets on July 6th. Right now, it’s just a verbal agreement.
Signing Rozier will likely be the big move for the Charlotte Hornets during this years Free Agency. They don’t have the cap space to chase after other significant Free Agents, so expect them to fill out the rest of the roster with rookies or minimum contract guys.