The Celtics have chosen to part ways with Jared Sullinger. The team had initially made the one-year qualifying offer necessary to be able to retain his rights as a restricted free agent, but Boston has rescinded that offer, and Sullinger is now an unrestricted free agent who will undoubtedly sign somewhere else.
"Jared’s a good kid and I’m grateful for what he gave us and I wish him well," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Sunday, via the Boston Globe. "I hope he gets a good opportunity. We just feel this is the best thing for our team."
The move was made partly to create the additional salary-cap space necessary to sign Al Horford, who agreed to a deal worth $113 million over four years in the early days of free agency. But the Celtics decided to move on for additional reasons.
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Celtics roughly $3.7m under the cap with Jared Sullinger renounced. Sullinger now a UFA and can sign with any team.
Sullinger, 24, didn’t develop much in his four years in Boston. He’s struggled with his conditioning, and has basically been the same player the past three seasons. He is, however, an above average rebounder who appeared in a career-best 81 regular-season games last season, and is known to be a good locker-room presence.
Sullinger will find a home on the open market now that he’s an unrestricted free agent, but the Celtics clearly felt it was time to go in a different direction. He averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game last season.