With all the focus on Kyrie Irving heading to the Knicks (or pretty much anywhere that isn’t Boston), it appears New York is taking some precautionary measures in case things don’t go exactly as planned. According to NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely, the Knicks have shown interest in Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier.
Assuming they make moves to acquire top-tier talent, going after Morris makes sense. He’s the type of piece a quality team can use as a scoring option off the bench and is good for a hustle play or two when needed. Plus, there were multiple instances throughout 2018-19 where Morris said he’d take a step back — whether take was coming off the bench, losing minutes or something else — for the betterment of the Celtics. Not many guys like that in the NBA.
At least he’ll finally get the chance to start. Because make no mistake, Scary Terry isn’t coming off the bench for anyone anymore. He pretty much went full-Mad Queen over everything he sacrificed in 2018-19. The second he heard the final buzzer in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Rozier made sure to let everyone know he was going to get his in free agency. Maybe he didn’t go scorched Earth like Khaleesi, but from the sounds of it, he’s not going to settle for anything less than a starting job going forward.
Having said that, if the Knicks acquire him in response to Irving signing elsewhere, there’s a chance Rozier will be joining a team that has next to no chance at a title. Unless Durant intends to go to New York regardless of Irving’s choice. Striking gold in the draft with Zion Williamson would help the situation, too.
In fact, maybe the Knicks are better off with someone other than Irving if they get Williamson in the draft. He didn’t exactly jive with the Celtics young guys this year. Why would it be any different with some kid who’s supposed to be the next big deal in the NBA and would likely overshadow Irving amongst Knicks fans? Seems like a much safer move to go after Rozier as a piece on a Knicks team featuring Williamson.