Rozier headed to Hornets in sign-and-trade deal

Colton Jones

The Charlotte Hornets are acquiring free-agent point guard Terry Rozier in a sign-and-trade deal and will sign him to a three-year, $58 million contract, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the trade involves the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, saying Kyrie Irving goes to Brooklyn, Kemba Walker to Boston and at least a first-round draft pick also going to the Nets.

The deal creates a full mid-level exception for the Celtics, who are attempting to find a way to retain veteran big man Al Horford.

WithIrving sidelined for the playoffs in the 2016-17 season with recurring knee problems, Rozier took off, averaging 16.5 opined, 5.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes in 19 postseason games, all starts. He shot 40.6 percent from the field, 34.7 percent beyond the 3-point arc and 82.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Irving returned this season and Rozier's numbers took a significant hit, in both the regular season and the playoffs.

In nine games off the bench this spring, Rozier averaged 6.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 18.0 minutes, with a shooting line of 32.2/23.5/75.0.


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