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Celtics choose not to extend Sullinger and Zeller

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League sources are indicating that the Celtics brass will not be offering contract extensions to Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller before tonight's 11:59 PM deadline.

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It appears that no contract extension is in the works for either Jared Sullinger or Tyler Zeller.

Adam Himmelsbach reported that the Boston Celtics will not be offering extensions on the rookie deals of either of the big men.

Both Sully and Zeller have found success in Boston.  Zeller served as a starting center for 59 games last season, while Sullinger started 49 games, and averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.  Godzeller has started in all three regular season games so far this season, even though he has not played as well as he did last year.  Sullinger has played well enough to convince many that he deserves a large role in the big man rotation moving forward.

This does not mean that the Celtics don't plan to hang on to both of their bigs.  Indications are that they may sign either or both big men during restricted free agency this coming off-season.  Not picking up their contract extensions does offer them financial flexibility throughout the rest of the year and for the up-coming off season.

While Sully and Zeller may secure contracts to stay in green for more seasons to come, it seems that we'll have to wait for restricted free agency to know for sure.  Good thing we've got Celtics basketball to distract us until then.