Papa Sullinger: C's promised Sully a center

Papa Sullinger: C's promised Sully a center
May 12, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Anybody who followed the Celtics this season knows that they had their problems on the court.

But perhaps the most glaring weakness was at the center position.

Boston didn't really have a center, to be honest. They signed undrafted rookie free agent Vitor Faverani before the season and acquired seldom-used Joel Anthony during the season. While Faverani started off strong (relatively speaking), he tailed off and eventually had knee surgery that put him on the shelf for the rest of the season.

Anthony played sparingly, mostly in garbage time minutes.

That means the C's were forced to play their power forwards at the center position. Whether it was Jared Sullinger, Kris Humphries, Brandon Bass, or Kelly Olynyk, the C's rotated a bunch of undersized players at center because they didn't have a choice.

Well, hopefully those days are behind them. With free agency and the draft coming up, the C's have plenty of work to do - and finding somebody for the center spot is clearly at or near the top of their list.

Sullinger's father, Satch Sullinger, recently spoke to ABC 6 in Ohio, where he said his son may get to play more power forward next season - because the C's are getting a center.

"Next year, I think he’s going to finally get to play his true position of power forward," Sullinger said. "And so, at that point, he’s going to come home and he’s going to trim down and shed some pounds, so he gets a quicker step and a little more mobility. Because they’ve kind of promised him that they’re going to get a center.”

Of course, it's not really a huge secret that Boston is looking to acquire a center. It will be interesting to see which route they take to get one, though. Joel Embiid is slated to go in the top 3 of this year's NBA draft, but if it is determined that he still has back issues, he could shoot down the board further. The C's gambled on Sullinger, who also had back issues, two years ago in the draft and that seems to have paid off so far.

There's also the chance that talks with the Rockets pick back up again. During the season, Boston and Houston were reportedly in discussions on a trade that would send center Omer Asik to Boston, but those talks died at the Rockets self-imposed deadline. With Houston a first-round exit in the playoffs, there's a real chance they look to shake things up again - and C's GM Danny Ainge is always taking calls.

Either way, it might be a good idea for Sullinger to shed a few pounds, as his dad mentioned. No snacking at the parents' crib, Sully.

h/t to ProBasketBall Talk