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Celtics Exercise Options On Olynyk, Smart, Young

The Celtics have exercised their third-year options on Marcus Smart and James Young, and their fourth-year option on Kelly Olynyk, the team announced (Twitter link). All three options are for the 2016/17 campaign, when Olynyk is set to earn $3,094,013, Smart is due $3,094,013, and Young is set to make $1,825,200. Boston now has a total of $33,971,629 in guaranteed salary committed for next season.

Olynyk, 24, was the No. 13 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. He made 64 appearances last season for the Celtics, including 13 starts, and averaged 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes per contest. His career averages are 9.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 1.6 APG to accompany a slash line of .471/.349/.744.

Smart was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in 2014, and the franchise desperately hopes that he will develop into its centerpiece player. The 21-year-old made 67 appearances as a rookie last season, including 38 games as a starter. His numbers were 7.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 3.1 APG, and his shooting line was .367/.335/.646.

Out of the three players, Young has been the most disappointing thus far, with the swingman unable to find any consistency in his outside shot, connecting on just 35.3% of his shots overall, and a paltry 25.8% on his attempts from beyond the three-point line. The 20-year-old looks like he’s ticketed to spend significant time in the NBA D-League this season, which may be a blessing in disguise for the former No. 17 overall pick, as it will give him time to work in his mechanics and overall game away from the bright lights of the NBA.

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2 thoughts on “Celtics Exercise Options On Olynyk, Smart, Young

  1. Chuck Myron

    James Young is indeed young, but at some point, he needs to prove that he can hang with NBA players. Another season spent chiefly in the D-League would be troublesome for him.

    • Agreed. At some point, and soon, he needs to prove that he is indeed an NBA rotation player. He already has RJ Hunter fighting for his minutes..

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