Rookie scale extension candidate Jared Sullinger has dropped a noticeable amount of weight in preparation for next season, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. The 6’9″ forward averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season, but he isn’t guaranteed playing time in the Celtics’ crowded frontcourt. He will have to compete with the newly acquired Amir Johnson and David Lee, along with holdovers Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko. It was reported in March that if Sullinger receives an extension, it could come with a weight clause.
There’s more news out of Boston:
- Colton Iverson has officially signed with the Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. The Colorado State product, whose rights were sent from Indiana to Boston in a 2013 draft-night trade, spent last season with Baskonia in Spain.
- The Celtics had interest in inviting Texas forward Jonathan Holmes to training camp, writes Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. However, because Boston had a wealth of forwards and too many guaranteed contracts, Holmes decided to pursue other options. He landed a partially guaranteed deal with the Lakers.
- With about six weeks left until training camp, Marcus Smart is going through two-a-day exercises to try to rehab two dislocated fingers on his right hand, Washburn writes in the same piece. His agent says Smart is hoping to resume basketball activities within two weeks.