11 People who turned their backs on the Celtics

These players, coaches and other figures all turned their back on the Celtics in one way or another.

Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages
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Terry Rozier

Drafted by the Celtics with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Terry Rozier came to Boston during a time where the team was exiting a rebuild. He did not begin his career getting a ton of minutes, but began upping his production as his opportunity slowly increased.

His opportunity peaked during the 2017-18 season. The Celtics already had Kyrie Irving on their roster at the time, but Rozier saw increased time on the court to end the year when Irving was forced to miss time due to injury.

After the team essentially overachieved and went to the Eastern Conference Finals, coming one fourth quarter away from knocking off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7, Rozier had every reason to be optimistic about his role going forward. But the next year, his minutes decreased as Kyrie was integrated back into the rotation.

This led to some frustration on Terry's part, and many speculated that he seemed to be ready to leave Boston soon. That summer, the Celtics traded him to the Charlotte Hornets in the sign-and-trade agreement that landed them Kemba Walker. Rozier will always be able to say he began his career in Boston, but he may be less than thrilled talking about the way his time ended there.