Morning sports update: Danny Ainge denies Terry Rozier trade rumors

Also: Red Sox trade chips, a word from Josh Gordon's old coach, and a devastating dunk.

Celtics Terry Rozier
Terry Rozier during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2018. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Celtics face the Suns in Phoenix at 9 p.m., while the Bruins host the Canucks at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the Patriots face the Titans in Tennessee, with Bill Belichick facing Mike Vrabel, one of his former players.

Terry Rozier is at the center of some early season trade rumor back-and-forth: The Celtics have started the season with an uneven 6-4 record, despite having one of the deepest rosters in the NBA. Yet a byproduct of that depth of talent will be balancing not only minutes but salary cap figures.

With Kyrie Irving announcing in October that he’s planning to stay in Boston for the long term, the likelihood of keeping fellow guard Terry Rozier in a new contract is diminished. This has led to speculation about his future with the team.

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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, trade interest has swirled around the 24-year-old:

Quietly, at least seven teams have been monitoring Rozier’s status this season, league sources told The Athletic, waiting to see if the Celtics could begin to field trade calls. The Phoenix Suns have aggressively pursued Rozier, even before firing Ryan McDonough as general manager, league sources said.

One of the rumored reasons for Rozier potentially being dealt is his unhappiness with his current level of playing time:

Wednesday’s rumors, however, brought Thursday denials from Celtics general manager and president Danny Ainge.

Ainge said in a Thursday interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” that he hasn’t heard any unhappiness from Rozier.

Additionally, Ainge denied the seven-team trade interest:

More from Boston.com:

What can the Red Sox offer in terms of trade chips? With the offseason moving into full swing, the Red Sox could explore a few trade options. Before anything notable happens, it’s important to understand the who could be moved, and what their perceived value allows and doesn’t allow Boston to do. [Boston Globe]

An early look at an NBA mock draft: After making impressive college basketball debuts on Tuesday night, Duke’s freshmen are lined up to make a splash in the 2019 draft. [Bleacher Report]

Former Browns coach Hue Jackson explained why he thinks Josh Gordon is doing well with the Patriots:

Daily highlight: Donovan Mitchell, of the Utah Jazz, took flight on Wednesday night:

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