As the offseason draws to a close, and the regular season approaches, undrafted rookies and ageing veterans alike are scrambling for deals that will bring them back to the promised land; the NBA. One of these aformentioned players working hard on a deal that would see them return to the league is Jared Sullinger.
Jared Sullinger may sign with the Brooklyn Nets. How I would love to see him back in the league – Brooklyn the perfect place to re-start.
— James (@JCraggSport) August 30, 2017
After working out with the Nets earlier this week, a deal to bring in the 25-year-old is very much on the cards, as his agent David Falk explained he is “exploring the opportunity” of signing with Brooklyn.
That’s Jared Sullinger at the Brooklyn Nets training facility… pic.twitter.com/piywulPkt6
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) August 29, 2017
While he suffered a turbulent 2016-17 season, riddled with injuries and D-League appearances, Sullinger still has the tools to successfully operate as a solid small ball center in today’s three point-fixated NBA.
Standing at 6’9″, the same height as starting Cleveland Cavaliers five Tristan Thompson, Sullinger has shown promise at knocking down the three ball, albeit very inconsistently, shooting a dismal 16.7-percent from three on 1.6 attempts per game with the Raptors last season.
During his time with the Celtics, where he was drafted 21st overall in 2012, Sullinger became a starter in his second and third season before falling to the bench in his final season in Boston, he then became an unrestricted free agent in 2015. His best season came in 2013-14, where he averaged 13.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists over the course of 71 games.
Sullinger was subsequently signed by Toronto but struggled with consistency and injuries. He managed just 11 games last season, and was then traded to the Phoenix Suns where he was eventually waived.
Since trading former franchise cornerstone Brook Lopez on draft night, the Nets could use some depth at the center spot, and for a small contract which Sullinger would likely demand, they could do a lot worse. If he can remain healthy and perform at a consistent level, Sullinger could be a very helpful asset to Brooklyn going forward.