Will the Boston Celtics trade Jared Sullinger this season?
The Boston Celtics have one of the league's deepest rosters heading into training camp, but it's also a bit unbalanced. There are too many power forwards, too many under-sized combo guards and not enough wings or three-point shooters.
This means a trade may be in the works at some point before the February deadline. In the third part of this continuing series, CBS Boston's Brian Robb ranked every player's trade value on the Celtics roster. Here's what he had to say about Jared Sullinger:
There's a very good chance Sullinger has the most productive season of his career this year, and an even more likely chance he receives sizable contract offers next summer.
Boston wants to win now, but are they willing to lock themselves into Sullinger for the foreseeable future? If not, a trade could be in the works.
If Ainge is going to make a trade this preseason, Sullinger is a candidate he should consider. Unfortunately, the trade value of the former Ohio State star is relatively low right now, thanks to a 2014-15 season that was beset by injury and conditioning issues. From a talent perspective, Ainge has no real incentive to give up on the big man, who is heading into a contract year. When he’s on his game, Sullinger is one of the best bigs this team has. Still, teams aren’t going to give up much for a guy that wants a big raise next summer and hasn’t proven he can stay healthy yet. There’s a logjam in the frontcourt though, and some team might want to take a gamble on him.