The Celtics have until Oct. 31 to decide if they want to offer contract extensions to Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger, two extension-eligible players that are still on their rookie contract.
Celtics president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, told the Boston Globe that he's had meetings with Sullinger and Zeller's agents and that talks will continue through October.
"Obviously, those are two guys that we like moving forward," Ainge told the Boston Globe. "So, yeah, there will be more discussions with both of them, probably during the month of October." [Boston Globe]
Zeller, who is coming off the most impressive season of his young career, earned himself a starting spot in the lineup at center last season. Averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, Zeller may have the best chances of signing a contract extension with the Celtics before November.
Sullinger, 23, is coming off of another injury-plagued season and played only 58 games last year. He averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds but the Celtics may hold off on offering him a contract extension until they see health improvements. Sullinger is still young but after having back and foot surgeries, the Celtics have seen him play one complete season throughout his three-year career. His weight and conditioning has also become a concern, a problem that Sullinger has worked on this summer, gearing up for the upcoming season.
Newly acquired forward Perry Jones is another player who is eligible for a contract extension but will have to fight for a spot on the final roster. Jones, who was traded to the Celtics from the Oklahoma City Thunder, may be cut from the team since the Celtics have to cut one of their 16 guaranteed contracts to get down to the league maximum of 15 players.