Zeller will be back with the Celtics this upcoming season as he has agreed to a two-year deal, with the second as a team option, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports. Zeller posted 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game for the Celtics last season. Zeller will likely see a similar role in the frontcourt this season as it will continue to be crowded with Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, and the newly acquired Al Horford. Barring a trade or injury to players ahead of him in the rotation his fantasy relevance will likely be minimal.
Zeller received a qualifying offer from the Celtics on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports. Zeller, along with fellow teammate Jared Sullinger, can now hit the open free agent market on Jul. 1, but the Celtics will be able to match any offer they receive from interested teams. Zeller appeared to fall down the depth chart this past season and saw a career-low 12 minutes per game over 60 contests for the Celtics, so he would likely remain limited in his fantasy value if he ends up back in Boston for a third straight season.
Zeller scored eight points (4-6 FG) and added five rebounds across 12 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 Game 6 loss to the Hawks. With the Celtics trailing by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, Zeller was given a chance to try to will the team back to victory, but his efforts ultimately proved futile in the season-ending loss. Though he entered the season in a starting role, Zeller ended up dropping steadily down the depth chart throughout the season and made appearances in just three of the six games in the first-round playoff series. Zeller will become a restricted free agent in the offseason, and given his limited role this past season along with the existing crowd in the Celtics' frontcourt, it would be surprising if he donned the green and white in 2016-17.
Zeller recorded 26 points (9-15 FG, 8-9 FT), four blocks, three rebounds, and two assists across 25 minutes during the Celtics' 124-109 win against the Bucks on Friday. Zeller had scored 22 points in 61 minutes over his last five appearances. However, he wound up breaking Isaiah Thomas' streak of 17 games in a row as the team's leading scorer. Though Zeller was spectacular on Friday, Saturday's matchup with the Hawks has much greater stakes since home-court advantage in the first round is up in the air. As a result, it might not be reasonable to expect a repeat performance from Zeller.
Zeller scored three points (1-1 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding three rebounds and one assist in seven minutes during the Celtics' 104-97 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday. Zeller averaged 16 minutes per game in March, the most in any individual month during 2015-16. Still, he has been a healthy scratch from the rotation in four of the last eight matchups. The Celtics go small fairly often, plus the team possesses plenty of depth in terms of big men. Given the lack of certainty regarding his role, Zeller is not worth targeting in most leagues.
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