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Is Jared Sullinger untouchable?

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  February 6, 2014 10:38 AM

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On any given day at Boston.com headquarters you can walk in and find a couple of us talking hoops. Sometimes, the sports gears turn so furiously that the debate spills out onto the mean streets of Twitter.

That's exactly what happened yesterday when I shared a thought on which Celtics might be on the block as we approach the Feb. 20 trade deadline (you can vote on which players you think should stay and which should go in this handy feature).

My tweet was met with a counterpoint by colleague Chad Finn that myself and Jeff Clark from Celtics Blog and dozens of others pretty much all agreed with.

My opinion of Jared Sullinger has been higher than is healthy for quite some time. Basically, I think he's the second-best player on the team, but given that he's locked up for two more years at a very reasonable rate (2014-15: $1.42 million; 2015-16: $2.3 million (team option), his value to the team is higher than his value in any kind of trade. Projected out over 36 minutes, Sullinger's points and rebound averages amount to 17.4 and 10.6 respectively. With better conditioning next season he'll have a chance to reach those numbers, in only his third NBA season.

Which brings us back to the initial question: Is Jared Sullinger the most untouchable player on the Celtics? Is Sullinger the last player you'd package in a trade, or is it Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, or someone else? Would you part with Ole' Sully in a blockbuster deal for someone like Kevin Love?

Leave your thoughts and vote in the survey below.


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