Former Buckeye basketball star and Columbus native Jared Sullinger's time as a Toronto Raptor was short lived. Sullinger, who played with Boston his first four years in the NBA, signed as a free-agent with Toronto over the summer. He was injured (back) early in the season, and has played only 11 games, averaging 3.4 points. On Thursday, at the NBA trade deadline, Sullinger was dealt from Toronto to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for veteran forward P.J. Tucker and 2017 or 2018 second round draft picks.
Sullinger is still young, just 24 years old and when healthy, he has produced, averaging 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in his career. He goes from a legit contender in the East, to one of the NBA's bottom dwellers. The Suns, out of the playoff hunt, are last in the Western Conference, at 18-39. It's the second worst record in the league, ahead of only the Brooklyn Nets.