Yesteday, through his own Twitter account, Jared Sullinger announced that he would be leaving the team that drafted him in the Boston Celtics to join the Toronto Raptors. While it was not known at the time, it is now being reported that Sullinger's deal is for one season, and will pay him roughly $6 million.
In his four seasons with the Celtics, Sullinger just never took that next step into becoming the player most thought he would be coming out of Ohio State in 2012. In 258 career games with the Boston Celtics, Sullinger averaged 11.1PPG / 8.3RPG / 2.3 APG. Throughout his entire tenure, Sullinger's weight has been a major issue. In the 2014-2015 season, Sullinger was shut down for the end of the season to get in shape and only played 58 games. While Sullinger did play in a career-high 81 games this past season, he disappeared toward the end of the season and was a complete non-factor against Atlanta big men Al Horford and Paul Millsap in the playoffs.
Even though the fans have been on Sullinger about his weight since he came here, he still thanked the team that gave him a shot in the NBA:
There is no doubt about it, Sullinger leaving the Celtics hurt the team. Sullinger provided quality rebounding and interior presence, and, even with the addition of Al Horford, the Celtics need more of that on their current roster. Hopefully we will see the Celtics make a major move in the next couple of weeks before teams start preparing for the preseason and solidifying their rosters.