Tyler Zeller Reportedly Re-Signs with Celtics: Latest Contract Details, Reaction

July 23rd, 2016 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics reportedly re-signed free-agent center Tyler Zeller on Saturday after coming to terms on a two-year contract.

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald first reported the details of the agreement. Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe confirmed the second season of the deal is not guaranteed. Bulpett also noted the contract is worth $8 million per year.

That the team is bringing back the restricted free agent comes as somewhat of a surprise. His role decreased significantly last season—he played just 11.8 minutes per game—and that was before the Celtics brought in Al Horford to become the new anchor of their frontcourt.

In turn, it seemed like Boston would probably let him walk if another team signed him to an offer sheet and focus its resources elsewhere. While the Celtics ultimately decided to re-sign the North Carolina product, he faces an uphill battle to consistent playing time.

Horford and Amir Johnson will start and play a vast majority of the minutes. That leaves Zeller to battle Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Mickey just to see the floor. It figures to result in sporadic ...

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