The 24-year-old failed to secure a spot in the Raptors' rotation after recovering from a fractured right foot that cost him the first two and a half months of the season. Because of that, the Suns have opted not to keep him on the roster after acquiring him, apparently valuing their current young big men over Sullinger, who has yet to prove he's healthy enough to be a rotational player this season.
Sullinger missed the first two and a half months of the season after undergoing surgery to address a fractured right foot, but even when at full strength, he failed to garner a regular spot in the Raptors' rotation. With the Raptors trading for Serge Ibaka, that made Sullinger even more expendable, so he'll now head to Phoenix. Sullinger will still be relegated to a bench role with the Suns behind Marquese Chriss, so there likely won't be a huge bump in value despite the change in scenery.
The Raptors sent Sullinger to the 905 so he could get some extended run in Saturday's game against the Canton Charge, during which he recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. It's unclear if the Raptors will have Patrick Patterson (ankle) back for Sunday's game against the Pistons, but Sullinger doesn't seem likely to take on substantial playing time if Patterson remains unavailable. Sullinger hasn't played more than 17 minutes in any of his 11 appearances with the Raptors since returning in January from a fractured right foot.
Sullinger is expected to suit up for the 905 in their game Saturday against the Canton Charge before returning to the Raptors in time for Sunday's game against the Pistons. Though Sullinger returned nearly three weeks ago from the fractured right foot that had sidelined him all season, he's yet to gain a sizable role with the second unit. Sullinger has seen single-digit minutes in each of the Raptors' last four games and still appears to be behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint.
Sullinger played five minutes in a 103-95 win over the Nets on Sunday, scoring no points and grabbing one rebound.
Sullinger looked as though he turned a corner when he provided season highs in points (13) and rebounds (six) in 16 minutes during a Feb. 1 loss to his former team in the Celtics, but the big man still hasn't quite established himself as a major fixture in the rotation since returning from a fractured foot. He's fallen below the 10-minute mark in both of the last two contests, and his limited usage Sunday came in a contest that the Raptors were without fellow power forward Patrick Patterson (knee). Until Sullinger routinely hits the 20-minute mark, it will be difficult to justify rostering him in most leagues.
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