By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
The Celtics will not be giving extensions to big men Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger, a league source has told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.
The deadline for Boston to sign them would have been toady at 11pm, but now the two will become restricted free agents in July of 2016.
All in all, this makes sense for both sides. Zeller and Sullinger have no reason to sign team friendly deals and the Celtics have no reason to break the bank for these players.
Sullinger has played well to start the year and seems to be leapfrogging his way up the “Celtics Big Man” ladder. Tyler Zeller, on the other hand, has struggled out of the gate and seems to be falling out of favor with head coach Brad Stevens. Against the Spurs on Sunday, Zeller recored a team low 6 minutes going 0-2 from the floor and grabbed just 1 rebound (his second of the season).
The salary cap will increase by about $20-million this summer and with David Lee (free agent), Amir Johnson (team option), Jonas Jerebko (team option) and Evan Turner (free agent) set to come off the books, Boston will be in position to have plenty of financial flexibility this summer.