Jared Sullinger RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
The Celtics’ playoff appearance allowed Sullinger to consider the possibilities, now that they have added first-round picks Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics would like Sullinger to be a franchise cornerstone but he has to stay healthy and motivated. “I think with the core we have now and adding two more picks in the first round, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said. Sullinger’s plan is to return to Houston and Lucas’s tutelage in July for two weeks. Lucas helps players with their physical and mental approach, as well as conditioning. It was a significant step for Sullinger. “It’s a lot of fun being down there working out with him,” Sullinger said. “He’s an intense guy. He wants his stuff done in a certain way, very old school, similar to my father.”
Sources say that the Celtics were discussing a package that included multiple picks and big man Jared Sullinger with New York and that Phoenix talked to members of the organization about a trade involving Eric Bledsoe in the hours leading up to the draft. It is unclear how far any of the talks advanced, but Jackson eventually settled on selecting Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick.
He remained evasive on exactly what changes he has made, but suggested it’s been a sizable lifestyle overhaul, all with the hope of “being the guy that I know I can be.” Added Sullinger: “Everyone has questioned me before — said I’m not the most athletic, not this guy, not that guy — and every level I’ve proved them wrong. It’s another chance for me to show my work.”
Sullinger, who is set to earn a modest $2.3 million next season, is extension-eligible this summer. Both the Celtics and Sullinger’s camp have hinted that contract talks are more likely to occur next summer, when Sullinger would be headed toward restricted free agency.
Jared Sullinger: Hahahahaha so Avery Bradley doesn’t make 1st or 2nd team all defense!!!! What a joke man!!! Are you guys watching what I am watching?
The realistic high-end target is Greg Monroe of the Pistons, who waited out his qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but figures to attract ample attention and will be seeking a max deal. Monroe, too, might be out of the Celtics’ reach. (Another factor: Monroe is represented by David Falk, who also has Jared Sullinger. Think he wants to put them both on the same roster?)
Danny Ainge on Jared Sullinger: “We’ve talked about this before,” Ainge said in his season-closing press conference. “I hate harping on it. Jared wants to be in great shape. Jared puts his work in. I think he’s in the process of trying to change his habits and get in the best shape of his career. “I’m hopeful that he’ll see the light. I know that’s what he wants, and I know that he does work at it. I’m a big fan of Jared’s, and I think he has a very, very bright future. But I think he’s hurting the longevity of his career and his play now by not being in as good of shape as he can be in. We do have a plan in place, I won’t share with you the specifics of that plan, but we provided Jared with a lot of tools and a lot of people around him. But ultimately it’s his choice of how compliant he is going to be. We can’t watch him every second of his life.”
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Multiple league sources contacted by CSNNE.com on Tuesday expect Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger to be players that will garner trade interest this summer.
“People say, ‘Hire a nutritionist,’ but it’s not that simple,” he explained. “What people don’t understand is after a game, you get hungry. I stay up late, I’m not falling asleep and I want to eat. The hardest calories to burn off are those late-night calories. And that’s what has been getting me this year. I have to work 10 times, 30 times as hard to keep off those extra 400 calories. Even though the stuff [in the locker room] is good stuff, healthy stuff, my body doesn’t react to it the way an Avery Bradley or a James Young does.”
There are scores of NBA players whose careers were thwarted because of weight issues, among them former Phoenix Suns center Oliver Miller, who played with and was later coached by Ainge in Phoenix. Miller, known as “Big O” because of his size, was a gifted big man who had the skills to be an All-Star center but ballooned to more than 300 pounds and became a journeyman instead. “Danny told me about him,” Sullinger said. “I don’t want to be one of those guys. I know this could hurt my NBA career. If I [don’t lose the weight], I’m playing eight to nine years instead of 10 to 15 years. I can’t let that happen.”
The Celtics already picked up their team option on Sullinger for next season, but he will become a restricted free agent in 2016. Boston wants to see results before it commits to a long-term deal. Ainge said he has “great interest” in re-signing Sullinger, but he will likely be subjected to a weight clause in his contract, much like Glen Davis had during his tenure in Boston. “I’m perfectly fine with that,” said Sullinger, in an interview with ESPNBoston.com on Sunday night. “It’s not that I need it. It’s the simple fact that I know what kind of person I am, and I would never get back to the weight I was [this season].” Ainge said he wants to believe Sullinger has gotten the message and will lose the weight. “I think he understands,” Ainge said. “The question is, Can he do it?”
“Well, Jared and I have talked a lot about (his conditioning) over the past year,” Ainge said, via Celtics Hub’s Brian Robb. “It’s something we take great pride in with our players. Our players have really bought in to our program, and a lot of guys — I think every guy has met the goals that they have set in regards to strength and conditioning, and body fat, and weight, and all the different things our strength coaches do on a regular basis. Jared just hasn’t met his goals. He’s not up to the standards that he wants and is not up to the standards that we think are in his best interests for the long-term health of his career. He’s not up to par to the standards that we feel are necessary to be a consistent winning player and play with great conditioning.”
“I got in better shape (last summer),” Sullinger said. “There’s another level. There’s always another level to everything. I just have to take it to another level. This year I came back in a little bit better shape. Obviously it wasn’t good enough. Now I got to get back to the grit and grind, kind of break my body down just to build it back up.”
But his broken left foot injury serves as a yet another reminder – and maybe the last one needed – that Sullinger has to make serious changes to his body if he’s going to have the kind of professional career he wants. “Change the physique,” he said. “Change the way I look, that’s the biggest thing. We’re gonna find ways to get me in the best shape as possible.”
To this point in his career, he has never turned the corner and decided to get into elite shape. Why not? “I’m always the type of person that a lot switch has to happen,” he said. “I developed my grades through a mistake I made with my father. By not doing my work, he sat me out. Next thing you know I was on honor roll. So I’ve always been that type of person. And sometimes I’m a little late with things, but as long as it happens, it happens. I got in better shape (this past offseason),” Sullinger added. “It’s just there’s another level to it. There’s always another level for everybody. I just gotta take it to another level now. This year I came back in a little better shape, but obviously it wasn’t good enough. Now I just have to get back to the grit, the grind, the usual, kind of break my body down just to build it back up. And I think that’s what I’m going to do this summer.”
Discussing his approach to recovery, Sullinger said, “Change the physique, change the way I look. That’s the biggest thing, I think, is just change the way I look. I’m tired of looking on camera and just seeing how I look and seeing how I play during extended minutes. Conditioning’s going to be a big factor.” Sullinger has long called shedding weight a focus. He stated a goal of losing more than 20 pounds last offseason. He openly acknowledges his lack of conditioning and has always suggested he could reach another level with improvement in that area.
Sullinger will be up for a contract extension this offseason. If he and the Celtics do not hammer out an agreement, he will become a restricted free agent next summer. “If I sat up here and told you all the only reason I’m playing the way I’m playing is because it’s a contract year, that’s a bunch of lies,” Sullinger said. “I play this game because I love it. I play it because I want to win. That’s most importantly. And money is really not the factor at this point. Health is a factor, and I understand that this team is trying to make the playoffs. That’s our goal. That’s always been a goal. And hopefully we can achieve that goal with or without me.”
Despite his goals, Sullinger said he has no plans to hire a personal nutritionist, adding that he has lost weight and changed his body before.
Though Brad Stevens downplayed the chance that Jared Sullinger will need surgery in his recovery from a metatarsal fracture in his left foot, it’s clear that the big Celtics forward will have to adhere to a strict conditioning program. Asked about the 280-pound Sullinger’s battle with weight and how it might affect his rehabilitation, the Celtics coach replied that the rehab process will indeed be arduous. “The biggest thing is that he continues to really work on conditioning, because that is really important, but he’s going to have to rehab in some unique ways,” Stevens said yesterday.