It didn't take long for Jared Sullinger to get swooped up in free agency. He went into this summer as a restricted free agent for the Boston Celtics, but after the team made their big splash in free agency with the Al Horford signing, the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to Sullinger. That turned him into an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team without worrying about having the offer matched by the Celtics.
Just a day after meeting with Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, Sullinger has found a new home. He's heading to the Raptors and reports have it on a one-year deal.
Free agent Jared Sullinger has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 11, 2016
Sullinger tweeted "WE THE NORTH" prior to the news of the signing being reported.
WE THE NORTH #0
-- Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) July 11, 2016
This could be a tough fit for Sullinger because he'll be asked to do a lot defensively when he's on the floor with Jonas Valanciunas. It's not that Valanciunas is a bad defender; he's not. He's just much more of a traditional center who anchors a defense around the rim, meaning Sullinger could be asked to defend a lot on the perimeter against stretch-4's and non-traditional lineups.
Sullinger, who has had back injury and conditioning concerns in the past, is coming off his healthiest season of his career. He played in 81 games, started 73 of them, and played 23.6 minutes per game. He averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 2015-16. The Celtics tried to use him as a stretch-4, but his 500 career 3-point attempts and 27.6 percent success rate is one of the worst in NBA history. Get him a couple of steps inside the 3-point line and his career mid-range percentage is 42.2 percent.