The Boston Celtics exercised their 3rd year option on sophomore PF Jared Sullinger by the Halloween deadline. Now signed through the 2014-15 season, the Celtics will again have the option next year to pick up Sully for the 2015-16 season and if that is the route the go, they will have until October 31, 2014 to give him a contract extension or he will become a restricted free agent for 2016-17.
Making $1,365,720 this year, the former first round pick will be making his season debut today after serving a one game suspension. It is unclear whether or not Sully will be starting but what is clear is that he has a great offensive game and is a plus rebounder. Sullinger showed his skill in his rookie season averaging 6 points and nearly 6 rebounds in 20 minutes a game but his season was cut to only 45 games as he suffered through back injuries that plagued him at Ohio State.
Sullinger has a great opportunity ahead of him this year on a rebuilding team lacking quality big man. Sullinger averaged around 17 points and 10 boards in his two seasons at Ohio State and if he puts up anything close to those numbers this year for the Celtics, he will be worth every penny he is paid through next year and he could possibly earn a beefy new contract extension next year.