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Report: Boston Celtics unlikely to agree on extensions with young duo

Sep 25, 2015; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during media day at the Boston Celtic Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 25, 2015; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during media day at the Boston Celtic Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller will likely become restricted free agents. David Butler II USA Today

The Boston Celtics like Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller. A lot. Both youngsters fit into their long-term plan as solid, hard-working bigs with a little bit more room to grow. But the Celtics value their long-term flexibility even more, which is why they probably won't come to terms on an extension with either player before the November 2nd deadline.

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According to league sources, the Celts are really only interested in locking up the pair if they can get a deal that is very favorable to the club. Even if they let the two play out this season without a guarantee for 2016-17, the C's can make them restricted free agents (having the ability to match any offers from other clubs) by giving qualifying offers -- $3,695,169 for Zeller and $3,270,004 for Sullinger.

Zeller is Boston's starting center and Sullinger is one of their better power forwards. Both compete on the boards, hustle in transition (particularly defense to offense) and have totally bought into Brad Stevens' sacrificial system.

It's unclear just how valuable they'll be as restricted free agents, but given where the salary cap is headed, it's likely some team will extend each of them a monster offer sheet.