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Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

Report: Celtics engaged in contract extension talks with Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger


Will they take a little less to gain some long-term security?

That has been the contract extension debate for players around the league this summer. For players such as Jonas Valanciunas and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the answer was yes. For Tristan Thompson, the answer is no.

Boston is having those same discussions with two guys, and both may lean toward taking the security, if the number is right — Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger. The sides are talking now and that will ramp up, reports the Boston Globe.

“Obviously, those are two guys that we like moving forward,” Ainge said. “So, yeah, there will be more discussions with both of them, probably during the month of October.”

Zeller, 25, appears the most likely of the three to be in line for an extension. The 7-footer averaged 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds last season and shot a team-high 54.9 percent from the field. Zeller’s win share of 6.5 — a metric that measures the amount of victories contributed by a player — was the highest on the team.

Sullinger, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 58 games last year, is still just 23. But he already has had back and foot surgeries, and his conditioning has been a frequent issue. Sullinger has been training in Houston with former NBA player and coach John Lucas for much of the summer and has shared pictures of his apparently trimmed-down physique through social media. But his return to Boston for preseason training will be most telling.

By the three, they are also discussing Perry Jones, but he has to make the roster first (the Celtics have to cut one guaranteed contract and he could be that guy). Even if he does make it there is no extension in his future.

Zeller can take the security of a deal with the Celtics, or bet on himself and become a restricted free agent next summer when two-thirds of the league has max cap space and will be looking to hand out deals. Zeller averaged 10.2 points a game with a very efficient true shooting percentage of 59.2 percent. He had the second highest PER on the Celtics last season (behind Isaiah Thomas), and Zeller led the Celtics in win shares (6.5). He’s a guy Ainge wants to be part of the Celtics’ future. Of course, the question becomes what’s the number that makes Zeller sign? Big men get paid, would something near Kidd-Gilchrist’s $52 million be enough?

As for Sullinger, he averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds a game last season but that doesn’t mean everyone is sold on him. He has battled injuries through his career, which may make him inclined to take the security of a long-term deal. But again, it’s all about the number that works for both sides.

If I were a betting man, I’d expect there’s a better than 50/50 chance a Zeller deal gets done. Not so sure about Sullinger.

Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk injures knee in Canadian exhibition

Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk faces plenty of competition for playing time this season. Jared Sullinger, David Lee, Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Mickey, Jonas Jerebko, Perry Jones III, Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder could all see minutes at power forward.

So, even the smallest setback could put Olynyk behind the eight ball with the Celtics.

It seems that’s what Olynyk faces after playing for Canada in an FIBA Americas tuneup against Argentina.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

Olynyk returning to the bench seems positive, but it’d be reassuring to hear an official diagnosis.

Report: Celtics likely to give Tyler Zeller a contract extension before October 31 deadline

Tyler Zeller

It pays to be a big man in the NBA. Teams are always hungry for size, and if you can harness those physical tools into actual basketball skills, it will pay off big-time when it comes time to negotiate a new contract. A year ago, the idea of Tyler Zeller being a priority for a team to sign to a contract extension seemed absurd. But after a solid first year with the Celtics, it’s becoming more likely that they’ll want to lock him up long-term, or else someone else will.

From CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely:

Last month we saw how the Boston Celtics rewarded Jae Crowder for making the most of his opportunity to play significant minutes after being acquired from Dallas in December. They signed the 6-foot-6 Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.

Will Tyler Zeller be next?

The 7-foot center is among three Celtics (Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III) from the 2012 draft class who are in line for a potential extension this fall. But of the trio, Zeller is the most likely to get a deal done prior to the October 31 deadline.

In his first two seasons with the Cavaliers, Zeller seemed on track to be little more than a permanent backup. But he made a jump last season after being traded to the Celtics. He’s mobile for a seven-footer, able to run the floor well and finish around the basket, which proved to be a perfect fit for the offense Brad Stevens ran in Boston.

With the salary cap going up next summer, teams will be motivated to lock in young players to long-term deals now at what will be below market value once the jump takes place. Don’t be surprised if Zeller gets eight figures annually in a new deal. The idea of a four-year, $40 million extension for him seems crazy now, but if he proves to be a long-term starting-caliber center, that looks a lot more reasonable under a cap that’s expected to be closer to $89 million in 2016, when the extension would kick in.

Report: Thunder trading Perry Jones III to Celtics

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks

After re-signing Kyle Singler and Enes Kanter, the Thunder have been trying to shed salary by moving some of their end-of-bench players. According to the Boston Herald‘s Steve Bulpett, they’ve reached a deal to trade former first-round pick Perry Jones III to the Celtics, along with a future second-rounder in exchange for a protected 2018 second-rounder from the Celtics.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports that the pick the Thunder are sending to Boston is a 2019 second-rounder from Detroit, which they acquired in the Reggie Jackson trade at the deadline.

The Thunder aren’t getting anything back in the deal outside of the pick — it’s entirely a salary-dumping move for them. Jones is set to make around $2 million next season, and shedding his salary will save them around $7 million in luxury tax. According to Mayberry, the roster spot created by the trade will likely go to 2014 first-round pick Josh Huestis, who spent last season in the D-League.

Jones hasn’t done much in his first three years in the league. He played 55 games last season but averaged just 4.6 minutes per game. Still, there’s no downside to this deal for the Celtics. They get a free second-round pick out of it and the outside chance that Jones might show something in a new environment. The Thunder needed to save money and they were able to cut salary without giving up one of their own picks. It’s a trade that makes sense for both sides.

Thunder, trying to hold playoff spot, lose starter Andre Roberson 2-3 weeks

Atlanta Hawks v Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have lost Kevin Durant. They lost Serge Ibaka. They lost Nick Collison.

And they’re still likely to make the playoffs.

But, up 2.5 games on the Suns and threw games on the Pelicans, Oklahoma City is facing yet another injury-related challenge.

This time, starting shooting guard Andre Roberson is out.

Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:

Kyle Singler will start when the Thunder host the Lakers tonight, and that’s not necessarily a setback for the starting lineup. Singler spaces the floor and handles the ball better than Roberson, though Roberson defends better. It’s a tradeoff in style more than ability.

But if Singler is no longer coming of the bench, Oklahoma City’s bench is weakened. Either Scott Brooks shortens the rotation or gives more chances to Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones and/or Steve Novak.

Either way, the pressure remains on Russell Westbrook to carry a huge load. He’s done well so far, but if the Thunder keep losing rotation players, eventually they’ll ask more of their starting point guard than he can deliver.

The door is still open, even just a crack, for Phoenix and New Orleans.