Zeller is finalizing a two-year contract with the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Last season with the Celtics, Zeller's role fluctuated throughout the year, often pushing him out of the rotation entirely. That limited the big man to just 51 games, where he averaged a career-low 10.3 minutes per contest. In joining the Nets on a two-year contract, Zeller should be able to find more playing time, though it likely won't be enough to turn him into a significant fantasy asset. He'll battle for minutes with Jarrett Allen and Quincy Acy off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov at center.
Zeller was waived by the Celtics on Sunday. With his $8 million contract set to guarantee on Sunday, the Celtics went ahead and cut bait in order to free up some additional cap space to make a run at some bigger free agents. Zeller is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he averaged just 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds across 10.3 minutes, but he should still receive plenty of interest on the open market as a potential depth option in the frontcourt.
Zeller is expected to be waived on Sunday, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports. Zeller's salary for the 2017-18 season will be guaranteed on Sunday if he's not let go, so it appears the Celtics are ready to move on from the 27-year-old big man in their quest to secure a big time free agent. In 51 games with the Celtics this past season, Zeller averaged just 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds across 10.3 minutes, but he should be able to latch on elsewhere as a boost to another team's frontcourt depth.
Zeller is dealing with a personal issue and won't play in Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Scott Souza of GateHouse Media reports. Zeller is dealing with a family issue, although it doesn't sound like he'll be away from the team for long. His next opportunity to play will be Thursday against the Hawks, but considering he's seen single-digit minutes in each of the last four games, his absence shouldn't have a drastic impact on the team's regular rotation.
Zeller banged out six points (3-5 FG, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block from a rare 10 minutes in Wednesday's 109-100 home win over Indiana. Zeller had not seen 10 minutes of run since February 1st. Coach Stevens admitted post game he wanted to give Zeller minutes to prepare for bigger teams come playoff time. It's no secret that rebounding has been an issue for Boston, and Stevens clearly wants Zeller sharp should extra rebounding help be needed. Expect Zeller to play less Friday versus the more guard-oriented Suns. Zeller has had four DNP's in March.
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