Jared Sullinger.

Jared Sullinger agrees deal to join the Toronto Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors will be hoping the 2016/17 campaign brings more improvement after they reached their first Eastern Conference Finals this year - falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in six.

Having recorded a franchise-best number of regular season wins, Toronto went further than ever before in the playoffs and head coach Dwane Casey was rewarded with a new contract.

Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan was handed a max deal to ensure he remained north of the border, and the organisation is going to continue building around the two-time All-Star and his backcourt partner Kyle Lowry.

The Raptors have been quiet in free agency, losing Bismack Biyombo to the Orlando Magic and remaining silent on incoming deals. While nothing has been confirmed yet, it seems Jared Sullinger will be the first player to join the organisation in the period.

Sullinger became an unrestricted free agent on Sunday after the Boston Celtics renounced his qualifying offer, and the forward changed his profile picture on Twitter to the Raptors' logo before tweeting "WE THE NORTH #0".

The 24-year-old can fill in at the five spot if necessary so is a good replacement for Biyombo with Jonas Valanciunas expected to resume his role in the starting five next season.

Initial reports claim the deal for Sullinger is one year and around the $6 million range while Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun said the team used the mid-level exception to make the deal possible.

The Ohio State alumnus had a strong season for the Celtics as they reached the playoffs, finishing fifth in the east. His minutes on the hardwood fell, as did his output, but he was still able to produce 10.3 points, 2.3 assists and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 43.5 percent from the field on his ten average attempts per 23.6 minutes.

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Boston has improved a lot with the addition of Al Horford, but the Raptors will be more than happy accommodate Sullinger. He could play a big role this season.

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