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Jared Sullinger
Jared Sullinger
Position: F
Born: 03/04/92
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $2,269,260
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.”
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.”
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.”

Jared Sullinger would be OK with weight clause

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?”
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.
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.”
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.