BREAKING: Terry Rozier Going to Hornets via Sign-and-Trade to Possibly Help Celtics Keep Al Horford

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Jaylen Brown #7, Al Horford #42, Terry Rozier #12 and Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics walk back on the court after a timeout against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

What's an NBA offseason without Danny Ainge trying to make everything as complicated as possible?

We initially believed the Boston Celtics would simply be signing Kemba Walker to a max deal, but no, it's not that simple. Reports surfaced about the C's possibly working out a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets (who'd get Terry Rozier) and Brooklyn Nets (who'd get Kyrie Irving) in order for Boston to free up the full non-tax mid-level exception.

It seems at least a sign-and-trade with the Hornets for Rozier is happening, and he's getting big money.

NBA fans would agree that's an excessive amount of money for Rozier, but that's not the important aspect of this development.

Not only will this move enable the Celtics to use the MLE, but they now would have a shot at retaining Al Horford in an attempt to meet his enormous contract demands.

Ainge is clearly playing chess after the Celtics' offseason looked like a complete disaster when Horford and Irving opted for the open market. Now, Boston fans can be thrilled with this development, as they'll have a chance to put together a better, more balanced team for 2019-20.