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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.”
First and foremost he wants to live a long and healthy life. He also wants to enjoy a long and financially fruitful career and finally he wants the weight issue to just cease to be a part of his daily existence. “I am just trying to take those days and put them behind me, well, not really behind me but just the weight issue, put it behind me” Sullinger said following the first day of training camp at the Fortius Sport & Health Centre here in Burnaby. “Understand this is a new breath of life and it’s time to change the image,” he said. “Every day I am working. I can’t stop. It’s something that will be stuck with me for the rest of the my life.”
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Similarly, as DeMar DeRozan, his father Frank and mother Diane, his very pregnant girlfriend Kiara and his long-time agent Aaron Goodwin waited in DeRozan’s off-season home for the Raptors contingent to arrive, they had a very clear set of expectations. “They knew exactly what they wanted to do, we knew exactly what we wanted to do,” says Goodwin, who has represented DeRozan for his entire career. “The negotiation was simply trying to find a way where each party would be completely upset with the other party if a deal didn’t get done. “