Terry Rozier has agreed to a four-year, $97 million contract extension with the Hornets

 By Chase Whitney

August 19, 2021

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On Thursday morning, it was reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania that Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $97 million contract extension.

Rozier is coming off a year filled with career-highs, including his team-leading 20.4 points per game. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per night all while being one of the NBA’s premier 3-point marksmen. His 222 total 3-pointers made in 2020-21 ranked fifth in the league, and a catch-and-shoot 3-point percentage of 43.3 was seventh among players who attempt at least four catch-and-shoot triples per game.

With this extension, the Hornets keep a team leader and one of the NBA’s best shooters in town long-term. The average annual value sits at $24.25 million over the four seasons, although when released to the public, the exact figures may vary based on contract construction.

Rewarding your own players is something all NBA teams have to do to maintain healthy relationships with their employees, and it’s impossible to argue Rozier didn’t earn it. He’s improved marginally in both of his seasons with the Hornets, and in key areas, too. He hit 46 percent of his mid-range field goal attempts last season, a marked improvement from the poor shot creator and pull-up shooter he was in his first five seasons. When the team needed him down the stretch, he adapted his style of play and helped orchestrate offense and set up teammates in the absence of LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Malik Monk.

The Hornets now have Hayward and Rozier locked in until at least the end of Ball’s rookie contract. The semantics of the deal can be debated like any other contract, but the fact is, Rozier deserved to be paid for his services and the Hornets need to keep talented players in the fold.

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