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Will James Young Remain With The Celtics?

The Celtics face some tough decisions in filling out the back-end of their roster and former first round pick James Young could potentially be the odd man out, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sportsnet writes. “We’ve got some tough decisions at the end of the month,” team president Danny Ainge said. “We have about five guys fighting for two spots.” 

Young hasn’t impressed in limited minutes with Boston over the last couple seasons. In 60 career games, he’s averaging 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in just 8.9 minutes per contest. Blakely notes that he looks solid thus far in camp, showcasing his skills as a play-maker within coach Brad Stevens’ system.

As the No.17 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Young carries a guaranteed salary of roughly $1.8MM for the 2016/17 season and he’ll make slightly more than $2.8MM if the team picks up his option for the 2017/18 season. In many situations, players on the roster bubble with guaranteed deals have an advantage when it comes to making the team, but that isn’t the case in Boston. The Celtics brought 20 players to camp, as the team’s depth chart at Roster Resource indicates, and 16 of those players have guaranteed contracts. Even if the team keeps Young, it will still have to waive a player with a guaranteed deal to get to a 15-man opening night roster.

Young is aware his spot on the Celtics isn’t secure, but he remains focused on improving his game during training camp. “I haven’t been thinking much about it,” Young said. “I know the system very well. It’s just about playing basketball. That’s the main thing; just try to contribute.” 

Let us know your thoughts on James Young and his chances to make the team in the comment sections below. We look forward to what you have to say!

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12 thoughts on “Will James Young Remain With The Celtics?

  1. Wally-the-green-monster

    Zero chance Young makes this team. See his disappearing act during summer league?

    • BostonSports

      totally agree. he has had his opportunity and has done nothing with it. see ya

  2. Leftyballer

    It’s funny because him and jaylen brown are the same player except young shoots better.

    • BBallfan

      Except Jaylen Brown is more athletic, can actually defend, can score inside and has a much higher potential

    • 3Balls_Deep

      You cannot have experienced too many occasions where Young was draining shots as a Celtic, because it hasn’t happened. So do you mean he was a better shooter when he was at Kentucky??? Since the draft, Jaylen Browns poise all by itself stands out way above anything Young has done as a Celtic!

    • dlevin11

      Brown and Young are not the same player at all. Brown actually trains and is working to get better.

  3. Rollinwiththatide

    He has had too many chances already. He acts like an entitled child. No more chances. Go be a cancer somewhere else. He had all the abilities in the world and Zero work ethic. Send him to Brooklyn and maybe he can help the Celtics after all.

  4. Sam Nichols

    I’m not sure not developing as quickly as they hoped makes him a cancer..

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  5. dust44

    I hope he makes it. Loved the kid coming outta UK

  6. dlevin11

    Young has shown little progress in NBA game time over last two years. Trade him ASAP.

  7. Exxoticsweetness

    I think he has much potential and he also has the height. He has been training harder .he just needs to train a little more. I think he is going to show an improvement this year

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