In his 10 appearances with the Celtics this season, the Youngstown, Ohio native has racked up averages of 7.5 points on 35.5 percent shooting from the field (39.4 percent from beyond the arc), 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 22.7 minutes per outing. Boston is set to play in Phoenix tonight.
With Irving back in the fold, however, 2018 has been a different story.
Terry Rozier has become a hot commodity on the National Basketball Association market with several teams reportedly keeping their eye on the Celtics' point guard. Point guard Kyrie Irving has expressed interest in re-signing with Boston.
The backup point guard has been receiving about the same amount of playing time as he did last season, though he probably was expecting an increased role following his performance in the postseason last spring. Since the season started we've heard relatively little about teams' pursuit of Butler, aside from the Rockets attempting to get him with a package including four first round picks. The Suns have been the most aggressive in that regard, having started pursuing him even before firing general manager Ryan McDonough on October 8.
Rozier will be a restricted free agent in 2019, and could command a contract around $16-20 million per year, according to The Athletic.
With the Celtics in line to have more than $50 AAV tied to two point guards, it likely isn't going to spend significant money on a third.
There's logic to both arguments, but for now it seems Rozier isn't openly airing grievances to those in power.
The Boston Celtics are 6-4, boast one of the deepest rosters in the National Basketball Association and are arguably the favorite to win the Eastern Conference this year. They could offer Rozier as bait for offensive help at a different position.