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In Boston, the Celtics opted not to sign Jared Sullinger long-term. The plan, if they did according to published reports, was to insist on a some sort of weight clause language in his contract. They never had to make that decision opting instead look elsewhere. The Raptors inked the 6-foot-9, 260-pound power forward to a one-year deal worth $6 million. Sullinger said Tuesday there is no such clause in his deal with Toronto. “No, no contract language,” Sullinger said. “Masai (Ujiri) trusts me and he trusts the group we have here. On top of that I have vets talking to me. Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar (DeRozan) and DeMarre (Carroll) the guys are really counting on me to play major minutes so you kind of have to accept that and just keep going.”
The coach added on Tuesday that the preference is for one or two players to separate themselves from the rest and earn those minutes out of training camp. Smart said he believes his breakout playoff performance, and his offseason work, will put himself in position to gain that space for a squad looking to climb from the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff pack. “This year is real huge,” he said. “Not only for me, but for this team. This year is just big because we have the pieces. We know what it takes. We’ve been to the playoffs. We won games. We’ve beaten the best of the best on their home floors. “Now we’ve got to be more consistent as a team and I’ve got to be more consistent as an individual.”