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Rumor: Extension deal for Tyler Zeller at 50/50

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No, not 50 million for 50 years. That would be silly.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Not exactly breaking news here but worth reporting on a slow morning in late August I guess.

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The Celtics and Zeller have talked about a deal and there is a belief if Zeller wants to lock in security, the C’s would be open to a deal. The problem is if Zeller wants to maximize his value he may have to take a trip through restricted free agency. There is a deal possible between Zeller and the Celtics; it’s about 50/50, according to sources close to the process.

We've known that Zeller, Sullinger, and Perry Jones III are all eligible for extensions and it has been reported that Zeller has the best shot of getting an extension this year.  Jones has to prove he can make the team and Sullinger needs to prove that he can stay in shape and un-injured for a full year (besides, if he does well, he could make a lot more next summer than he could by extending this summer).

Zeller too could make a bit more next summer but it might be worth locking up now to get security.  So we'll see.