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Boston Celtics Rumor: Team Refused To Include Rozier In Trade for Ibaka

Boston Celtics Rumor: Team Refused To Include Guard Terry Rozier In Trade for Serge Ibaka

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(Somerville, MA, 04/28/16) Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier reacts during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks at the TD Garden on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Staff photo by Matt Stone

Boston Celtics Rumor: Team Refused To Include Guard Terry Rozier In Trade for Serge Ibaka

The Toronto Raptors acquired forward Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic, but the Boston Celtics passed on a potential Ibaka deal because of a reluctance to part with second-year guard Terry Rozier, according to CelticsBlog.

Orlando sent Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. The Raptors (32-23) have fallen to the fifth spot in the East, four games behind the No. 2 Celtics (36-19), who trail the East-leading Cavaliers (37-16) by two games.

The knee injury to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who’ll be out at least six weeks after surgery, has convinced Toronto to go all in, according to the CelticsBlog report.

Sources: Toronto became motivated to go all in with Love injury news. Some around the NBA believe he may not make it back this year.

The Celtics, according to the report, are not interested in giving up assets, including first-round picks and prospects like Rozier, for short-term acquisitions like Ibaka because it will not increase their chances to win a title this season. 

There is another trade rumor swirling around right now that says that the Cleveland Cavaliers ownership has given the team the go-ahead to ignore the cap and taxes to try and trade for a player to help the team overcome the loss of Love.

With the teams around them making moves or trying to make moves the Boston Celtics need to move heaven and earth to try and push them over the top. The way this team is playing though all it might take is a healthy squad to make them competitive against the leagues best.

About Tanner Rebelo (178 Articles)
Founder and Chief of Content for Trifecta Network.

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