Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller has said he would like to sign a contract extension this month, but knows he should be in good shape even if he doesn’t. “No stress,” Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday. “I got one more year in my contract. I know I’m going to be here anyway. It’s not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I’m just going to go out and play my game. It’s great if I get (a contract extension) and it’s great if I don’t. Next summer I’m going to be a restricted free agent and it’s kind of an open market and we’ll see what happens.”
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Before the trip, he decided he would take on the name “El Terrible” (pronounced El Te-ree-blay) while overseas. I recall it as a takeoff on enfant terrible, but Ainge isn’t certain. “I do remember giving myself the nickname ‘El Terrible,’ ” he said. “But I don’t even remember how it happened. I think I said it to somebody, and then it just got out. I just sort of had fun with it. I taped it onto my practice jersey. “You know me, I was just joking around. I knew just enough Spanish to get myself in trouble. I heard that on the Spanish broadcast, they even referred to me one time as El Terrible. I was dying laughing when I heard that.”