The move clears a roster spot, which gives them flexibility to make a picks for player or 2 for 1 type trade. Okafor? Butler?I don't get what's going on with this move.
I don't do much draft stuff, so I don't have projections on prospects. Right now I'm scoring all rookies as replacement level. I will replace this eventually with actual projections once I find a source for them that I trust.This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Bradley @ .1 really?
Where did some of the top drafted players grade out (ie Bender, Hield, Murray, Dunn)?
On mobile so cant link but NBA transcation wire has the Cs pulling the QO to Sully and renouncing him.
Didnt see that one coming.
Yeah, I'm a bit bummed to be losing him. He blew in the playoffs but was much improved defensively. He's a much better piece than a lot of C's fans realize.
I think it might be the reverse(though a couple days ago I thought he was unsigned waiting on a trade, so what do I know).Sullinger move is interesting, seems like it might have simply been a decision that they didn't want him signing the QO. Could mean they''ve seen enough of Yabusele to decide that if they don't get a better frontcourt player in trade or FA they'd rather have him on the roster than Sully.
Edit- Brian Robb says they had to do it to make the Horford Signing:
Interesting that they renounced Sullinger over Zeller.
Not a huge deal but Vesely just signed a 3-year deal with his Turkisk team - http://www.sportando.com/en/europe/turkey/205632/fenerbahce-signs-jan-vesely-to-a-three-year-contract-extension.html - so I would imagine he's off the market this season.Jan Vesely (yep the former top 10 pick, has opt outs. He was actually not as terrible as people remember in the NBA, he just couldn't shoot. Still can't shoot free throws at all, but as a bench guy? Doubt he'd do it, seems wary of NBA, also big minutes and money in Turkey).
It's hard to envision the Celtics playing significant minutes with both Amir and Horford on the bench. So one big spot, and 48 minutes, goes to them, probably 32/16.The Celtics have max 96 minutes available for bigs per game, really less than that with some small lineups. Amir and Olynyk combined for 43 minutes a game last year, figure Horford for around the 32 he played in Atlanta last year. That leaves 21 minutes a game total left for Sullinger, Mickey, Yabusele if he stays, and the minutes Jerebko/Jae would play as a small ball 4. Sullinger would have to look at that and expect no more than 15 minutes at the absolute most as long as the team is healthy. It's probably closer to Zellers 12 minutes and some DNP-CDs mixed in.
I think the Celtics would like to keep Zeller on a one year deal as injury insurance if he's willing to take it.
I wouldn't be surprised if Doc's on blast from Ballmer. This Clips team went backwards by treading water, aged a year, and needs to start thinking forward a little. Besides, Griffin is a bit of a clubhouse cancer for the Clippers - assaulting people and all. Addition by subtraction.That would be a pretty wildly incoherent thing for GM Doc Rivers to do, re-signing his entire bench at big money and then trading a superstar. You think there would have been a choice made a little while ago between either keeping the squad around or focusing on acquiring assets and rookie contracts. But then again, it's GM Doc Rivers.
You don't mean on the court, right? Blake & Horford make a complementary big core. Griffin can replace Sully's rebounding and offer fast-break offense.Though to be fair, I don't necessarily see it from the C's perspective either. Griffin's got a year left on his deal before he has a player option he'll certainly decline. Would Ainge give up major assets for a year of Griffin?
I sure as heck don't mean on the court. All I'm concerned about is that Griffin's in a contract year, and I'm spooked at the prospect of giving up valuable assets for someone who could be gone before this roster's championship window cracks open.You don't mean on the court, right? Blake & Horford make a complementary big core. Griffin can replace Sully's rebounding and offer fast-break offense.
Off the court, Griffin plus Horford comprise a great pitch to all the 2017 free agents, and you have the bonus of Griffin's Bird rights. I know some here think Bird rights are meaningless in the new cap environment, but this offseason tells me that teams are likely to fall back into habits of valuing Bird rights more than they did this summer. I'm assuming Griffin can also resuscitate his image in the upbeat high-effort Cs locker room.
If they wanted another league-averagish big without upside, they can just keep Sullinger. Vucevic is a defensive anchor.Considering the contracts and expected trade price, I'd rather see them trade for Nikola Vucevic than Blake. At the trade deadline they could try and pick up Rudy Gay cheap when Sacramento will care about next year's draft position.