10 Point guard trade targets for Boston Celtics after losing Marcus Smart

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Terry Rozier
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Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets

Interestingly enough, even though the Charlotte Hornets ended up taking Brandon Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, they still took a high-ceiling guard (Nick Smith Jr.) with a late first-round pick. That could potentially open the door for a potential reunion between the Boston Celtics and Terry Rozier.

With a logjam in the backcourt, it would almost be surprising if the Hornets didn’t trade Rozier before the start of the season. Unless they were going to trade LaMelo Ball, but I think it’s safe to say that isn’t happening.

Rozier spent the first four seasons of his career with the Celtics, including his breakout performance in the 2017-18 playoff run in which he averaged 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game. However, because he was never a full-time starter in Boston, he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Kemba Walker. It would not be surprising if the Celtics considered this potential move.

As one of the most underrated guards in the game, Rozier averaged 21 points, five assists, and four rebounds per game last season. Rozier has two years left on his contract with a team option for the 2025-26 season.

If there are any concerns about Rozier, they have to be about his offensive inefficiency. Though, playing next to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should make his looks a lot cleaner in Boston than they were in Charlotte.