The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent center Tyler Zeller to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Zeller has appeared in 340 career games (131 starts) in five NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2012-14) and Boston Celtics (2014-17), recording averages of 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.
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Anthony Puccio: League source told @Nets Daily that Tyler Zeller worked out for 2-3 days in Brooklyn. Jared Sullinger worked out for a longer period. #Nets
Michael Scotto: In addition to Jared Sullinger, free agent center Tyler Zeller recently worked out for the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told @BBallInsiders
Gary Washburn: #Celtics officially waive Tyler Zeller before his $8 million contract becomes guaranteed for next season.
Mark Murphy: League source said Celtics will probably waive Tyler Zeller tomorrow. Deadline due on his $8 million for next year.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent guard/forward Gerald Green, re-signed center Tyler Zeller and signed 2016 NBA draft picks forward Jaylen Brown, guard Demetrius Jackson and forward Ben Bentil. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Ramona Shelburne: Restricted free agent Tyler Zeller’s deal to return to Boston is two years, $16 million. The second year is a team option.
Adam Himmelsbach: Tyler Zeller’s deal with the Celtics is two-years, second year non-guaranteed. Same setup as Jerebko/Amir had this year, source says.
Scott Souza: Also, not surprised to see Tyler Zeller back w/ #Celtics. Good guy/teammate & system fit. For whatever reason his market never materialized.
The Celtics have decisions to make on two other young big men in Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller. Both players are restricted free agents after Boston tendered qualifying offers in late June. The Celtics are unlikely to sign either to the sort of long-term, big-money deal that might compromise their salary flexibility, but they’d certainly consider short-term deals (particularly if neither received an offer sheet and settled for the qualifying offer). “I’ve talked with both those guys and we’ll continue to see how it all plays out,” Ainge said. “We are still looking at doing deals and we’re certainly not finished for the summer. Those are two very good players and we’ll continue talking with them as the summer goes along.”
While he plans to keep an open mind about the free agent process, Zeller made it clear in his exit interview on Friday that he would not have a problem returning to the Celtics next season. “It’s a great organization, a great place to be,” Zeller said. “So we’ll see what happens.”
As far as whether the Celtics want him back, Zeller said, “I would hope so. You always hope a team wants you back. I would think they would. But at the same time, when July comes around, we’ll really see. When those negotiations start. Until then, you can say whatever you want. Until then, we’ll see what happens.”
“Tyler’s a really good player. We just have a lot of bigs,” said Stevens. “I don’t know how else to say it. We haven’t shot it great, so you want to play some guys that can stretch the floor and be guarded when the floor is stretched. And that leaves at least one person out. And I don’t know that it will always be Tyler. In fact, I see him playing a huge role for our team and he knows that. But, nonetheless, it’s really hard to deal with. But we’ve won three of the last four games and he hasn’t played as much. But he’ll help us win three out of four in some other stretch and he’ll play a lot.”
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