Less than 24 hours after becoming an unrestricted free agent, former Boston forward Jared Sullinger has found a new home in Toronto.
ESPN was the first to report that the Raptors and the 24-year-old power forward had struck a deal said to be in the $6 million range.
Sullinger started 73 games last season for the Celtics. He averaged 10.3 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game while averaging just 23.6 minutes per game.
The Celtics added Atlanta center Al Horford and rescinded Sullinger’s $4.4 million contract to clear up salary space.
Sullinger has had to deal with a balky back in his career, which has limited his time on the court.
The Raptors were in the market for another frontcourt player after watching Bismack Biyombo leave Toronto for Orlando in free agency.
Sullinger earned $2.3 million last season.
Warriors’ Green faces assault charges
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested on assault charges in East Lansing, Michigan, over the weekend.
Green, 26, was arrested at 2:28 a.m. Sunday and is scheduled for arraignment on July 20, according to a court document.
“We are aware of news involving Draymond Green in Michigan over the weekend,” the Warriors said in a statement. “At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.”
Police told ESPN that Green was arrested at an East Lansing restaurant, Conrad’s Grill, and that the victim was a man.
“It was basically an altercation between two guys,” police said. “There’s no injuries. He was released with a $200 bond on Sunday.”
The maximum penalty Green could face if found guilty of the assault charge is a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
Green, a member of Team USA for the Rio Olympics this summer, played four seasons for Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo. Green is scheduled to attend Team USA’s camp in Las Vegas July 18-21.
In a text to ESPN about Green’s arrest, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said, “We are still awaiting details. No comment at this time.”
Green averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 2015-16, his fourth NBA season. He started 23 games in the Warriors’ playoff run to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.
In the NBA Finals, Green made headlines for getting into an altercation with Cavaliers star LeBron James. Green missed Game 5 of the championship series for an accumulation of flagrant fouls throughout the postseason.
Heat retool with number of moves
The Miami Heat made a series of moves on Sunday as they reshape the team following the departures of Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson.
They signed guard Wayne Ellington and forward James Johnson early on Sunday, then acquired forward Luke Babbitt from New Orleans Pelicans for a second-round pick in the 2018 draft, then re-signed veteran forward Udonis Haslem and guard Tyler Johnson.
Haslem agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to return for a 14th NBA season, and the Heat matched the $50 million offer sheet Tyler Johnson received from the Brooklyn Nets.
“We are extremely happy to re-sign Tyler,” said Heat president Pat Riley. “He, Hassan, Justise (Winslow) and Josh (Richardson) have grown together as an exciting, athletic, highly skilled young core over the last couple of years. They are going to have a tremendous opportunity this season and we are looking forward to watching them play together on the floor.”
Tyler Johnson appeared in 36 games (five starts) and averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 24.0 minutes.
Haslem, 36, averaged 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds while playing in 37 games last season.
In Babbitt, the Heat acquired a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged career bests in points (7.0) and rebounds (3.1) in 47 games with New Orleans last season.
Ellington agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal while James Johnson will receive $4 million on a one-year contract, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Ellington, 28, was the No. 28 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and started 41 of 76 games he appeared in for the Brooklyn Nets last season, averaging 7.7 points. He declined a player option to return to the Nets, and this will mark the fourth different team Ellington has signed with in as many years.
James Johnson started 32 of 57 games for the Toronto Raptors last season, averaging 5.0 points and 2.2 rebounds. The 29-year-old was a first-round pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2009.