NBA Rumors: Knicks could pursue Terry Rozier as Plan B to top free agents


It appears the New York Knicks will pursue a former Boston Celtics point guard this offseason, one way or another.

The Knicks continue to have interest in top free agents Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, The Athletic's Shams Charania confirmed Wednesday. But what if they can't sign those superstars?

New York still is "seen as a potential suitor" for Celtics restricted free agent Terry Rozier, Charania reported, noting that the team will target "high-level rotation players" in free agency should it miss out on A-listers like Kyrie, AD and Kawhi.

Our A. Sherrod Blakely reported in early May the Knicks were interested in both Rozier and Celtics forward Marcus Morris, a pending unrestricted free agent. Later that week, Rozier said on ESPN he could "definitely" see himself playing in New York.

The Celtics have until 5 p.m. ET on Saturday to extend Rozier a $4.28 million qualifying offer, which he'd likely decline to seek a larger contract. If they don't, he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

That the C's reportedly are targeting Kemba Walker in free agency suggests they're preparing for life without both Irving and Rozier next season, but if they miss out on Walker, there's still a chance they bring Rozier back to play point guard with Irving likely gone.

Irving, meanwhile, is reportedly leaning toward the Brooklyn Nets and wants to bring Durant with him, a scenario that would leave the Knicks to pursue Rozier and other "Plan B" options.


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