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Report: At least seven teams waiting to see if Celtics make Terry Rozier available

And yet, at least seven teams are reportedly hoping the Celtics will make an exception with regard to backup point guard Terry Rozier.

Quietly, at least seven teams have been monitoring Rozier’s status this season, league sources told The Athletic , waiting to see if the Celtics could begin to field trade calls.

The Phoenix Suns have aggressively pursued Rozier, even before firing Ryan McDonough as general manager, league sources said.

Rozier is only 24 years old and is coming off a breakout NBA playoffs performance in which he helped lead the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals.

Rozier is a restricted free agent after this season and figures to command a contract with an average annual value in the neighborhood of $16-20 million, according to The Athletic.

If the Celtics don’t want to pay him that money, trading Rozier this season for what value they can get and leaning on their in-house options to fill the void seems like a fairly reasonable course of action.

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