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Raptors’ Jared Sullinger to undergo foot surgery

March 17, 2014 - Dallas, TX, USA - Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) drives around Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) during an NBA game in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, March 17, 2014
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Toronto Raptors’ forward Jared Sullinger will undergo foot surgery on Monday and will be forced to miss the early portion of the regular season, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical.

The 24-year-old Sullinger signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Raptors over the summer. His previous team in the Boston Celtics rescinded their $4.4 million qualifying offer and let him become an unrestricted free agent.

He was one of the last rotation players to sign a contract, however.

Sullinger was formerly the Big Ten Tournament MVP and Freshman of the Year with Ohio State back in 2011. He was then selected by the Celtics with the 21st pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He played in 258 contests over four years with Boston, averaging 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Last season, his role declined despite playing in 73 regular season games. He scored 10.3 points, three less per game than in each of the previous two seasons. The Celtics played a lot of small ball and had a crowded frontcourt, leaving Sullinger as the odd man out when he entered the market.

Sullinger has been dealing with foot issues throughout the offseason. Earlier in the week, it as reported that he may miss the Raptors’ regular season-opener. Sullinger, measuring at 6-9 and 260 pounds, has had trouble staying in shape throughout his career. Even so, it remains unclear if his weight was a factor in this foot injury.

He was the likely slated to become the Raptors’ starter at the power forward position alongside center Jonas Valanciunas, but those plans will now change. He will miss at least a few games and may come off the bench as he integrates into a new system.

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