Terry Rozier entered free agency expecting to sign with the New York Knicks on a one-year deal.
"A night before free agency, I was a Knick," Rozier said.
Rozier then received a more competitive offer from the Phoenix Suns, which he thought he would accept until he received a call from Michael Jordan as the Charlotte Hornets were also interested in signing him.
"Mike was overseas, and I can just picture him probably having a cigar in his mouth and the words he told Mitch [Kupchak], the GM, was like: 'Get him over here. Do what you need to do to get him over here.'"
Rozier was convinced to then join the Hornets.
"I'd be a fool if I was to go anywhere else or turn down that," he said. "I look at it as just a team, organization believing in me. Knowing that I want to prove myself in this league and giving me that chance is bigger than anything and [their willingness] to pay me a right amount of money, it was just big and the guy that was behind all that was Michael Jordan. It's still surreal to me."
Rozier signed a three-year, $58 million contract with the Hornets.