Sullinger signed a two-month, $300,000 contract with the Shenzhen Leopards of China, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports. Sullinger had reportedly drawn interest from the Nets before the team decided to sign Tyler Zeller instead. Sullinger has notably struggled with weight and injury problems throughout his career, so will likely be using his time in China as proof to NBA teams that he has things under control. He told the Columbus Dispatch in July, "I lost a year of basketball directly because of what I have done -- my weight and my eating habits."
Sullinger is expected to be waived by the Suns after being acquired via trade, Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports reports. 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 and two second-round picks will be sent from the Raptors to the Suns in exchange for P.J. Tucker, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. 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.
Sullinger was recalled from the D-League's Raptors 905 on Sunday. Sullinger will be available for Sunday's game against the Pistons, although he likely won't be a focal point in the frontcourt rotation per usual. Patrick Patterson is dealing with a knee issue, however, so Sullinger may be in line for additional minutes as a result.
Sullinger was assigned to the D-League's Raptors 905 on Friday. 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 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 behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint.
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