Sullinger re-signed with Monday with the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, Sportando.com reports.
After attracting limited interest from NBA teams when he became a free agent last summer, Sullinger signed with Shenzhen and suited up in 45 games for the club, averaging 30.1 points, 16.6 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 39.6 minutes per contest. He's expected to rank among the league's most productive scorers as he returns to Shenzhen in 2018-19, though it's uncertain that he'll be able to parlay that production into a return to the NBA next spring.
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.
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 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 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.
Sullinger was recalled Sunday from the D-League's Raptors 905.
Despite being at full strength, Sullinger was completely held out of Friday's game against the Bucks, so the Raptors opted to send him to the 905 in order to get some extended run. He's back with the big club after logging 27 minutes in the 905's win Saturday over the Delaware 87ers, during which he provided 18 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes. Now that he's back with the Raptors, Sullinger should dress for Sunday's game against the Magic, but isn't a safe bet to reenter the rotation.
Sullinger was sent down to the D-League on Saturday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.
Sullinger received a DNP-CD during Friday's game against the Bucks, and he'll likely only remain in the D-League for one game to get some extra run and help build his wind. It seems probable that he'll be available for the Raptors' next contest, which comes Sunday against the Magic.
Sullinger received a DNP-CD during Friday's 102-86 win over the Bucks.
Sullinger was somewhat surprisingly moved out of the rotation after he had played 14.0 minutes per game since his return from a foot injury. But he has been awful since he returned from the injury, with averages of 4.0 points on 25.8 percent shooting and 2.6 rebounds per game over the five previous games. It's unlikely that the team is giving up on him this quickly, so we'll see if he moves back into the rotation against the Magic on Sunday.
Sullinger will serve as a backup in Friday's game against the Bucks.
Sullinger entered the starting lineup Tuesday, but he was replaced by Patrick Patterson in Wednesday's game, and the Raptors will stick with the exact same lineup again Friday with DeMar DeRozan still sidelined.
Sullinger will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.
Sullinger was originally expected to stick with the starting lineup, but the Raptors opted to make a late switch and will instead use Patrick Patterson with the top unit. Sullinger has been limited to just 12 minutes in each of his last two contests and will likely be on some heavy restrictions again Wednesday, which means Patterson should take on a big minutes load at power forward.
Sullinger failed to score a point (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and recorded only two rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes during Tuesday's 108-106 loss to the Spurs.
Although he got the start at power forward, both Patrick Patterson and Lucas Nogueira ended up seeing more court time than Sullinger did. He has yet to see more than 17 minutes or score more than nine points in four appearances since recovering from a foot injury, and it could be a while yet before he's healthy enough, and familiar with the Raptors' system enough, to start making a big impact for the club.
Sullinger will start a power forward in Tuesday's game against the Spurs.
A foot injury kept Sullinger sidelined from the start of the regular season up until Jan. 18, and the power forward has been limited in each of his three appearances since his return. But now, with Sullinger assuming the role he was expected to have coming into the 2016-17 season, it's possible he may be in for some extended run in the frontcourt Tuesday. But with Patrick Patterson (knee) also being cleared to play, the Raptors do finally have some reliable depth in their frontcourt rotation.
Sullinger (foot) made his Raptors debut Wednesday. He scored eight points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and added three rebounds in 14 minutes during the 94-89 loss to the 76ers.
As expected, Sullinger played only limited minutes in the debut. It is expected that he will be eased into a bigger role, though neither the rate of easing nor the size of the eventual role are yet known.
Sullinger (foot) will make his Raptors debut Wednesday against the 76ers.
Sullinger was cleared to practice less than a week ago after undergoing surgery in October to address a fractured right foot, and he'll now suit up for his first game for the Raptors since signing as a free agent in the offseason. The forward will likely be brought along gradually as he works back into game shape, and he's expected to face a minutes restriction for at least his first few games back. Eventually, it's possible that Sullinger could end up as the Raptors' starting power forward.
Sullinger (foot) was cleared to practice Friday.
Sullinger required surgery to address a fractured right foot back in October, and it looks like a return to the court may be near. His clearance for practice means that he'll be able to take contact in a full-court, five-on-five setting, amounting to the final step in the lengthy recovery process. It was initially feared that Sullinger wouldn't be able to return until after the All-Star break, but if his foot responds well to the activity in the upcoming days, he could be back by late January. Sullinger would likely face a minute restriction once he's cleared to return, but could eventually settle in as the Raptors' starting power forward once he's regained full conditioning.
Sullinger (foot) will be reexamined Jan. 16 and could be cleared to resume practicing shortly thereafter, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Sullinger is scheduled to visit the doctor who performed surgery on his fractured right foot back in October, but it's only expected to be a routine checkup for the big men. He took part in four-on-four drills Friday, and might start taking contact as soon as next week if all goes well with the checkup. Once Sullinger is cleared to play, the Raptors will likely ease him back in by restricting his minutes, but he could end up taking over as the team's starting power forward by the All-Star break.
Sullinger (foot) took part in four-on-four drills during Friday's practice, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
According to Lewenberg, it's the most rigorous workout Sullinger has performed with the Raptors since he was shut down during the preseason with a sore left foot that ultimately required surgery. The Raptors still haven't offered a firm timetable on Sullinger's return, but a more concrete date could emerge once he's taken part in a full-court, full-contact five-on-five drills. In addition to Friday's workout, Sullinger was also able to put up some shots during the Raptors' pregame warmup ahead of Thursday's contest with the Jazz. Sullinger's involvement in on-court activities in back-to-back days would certainly seem to indicate that he's inching closer toward making his season debut.
Sullinger (foot) is no longer in a walking boot and has been able to do some light shooting of late, Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun reports.
There's been no indication that Sullinger has suffered a setback in his recovery from a fractured left foot, which required surgery back in October, but he remains without a definitive timetable for a return. That will likely be the case until he's cleared to do some full-contact work, something that doesn't appear to be on the horizon, given his limited on-court work to date.
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