NBA Rumors: Celtics to release 2014 first-round pick James Young?

NBA Rumors: Celtics to release 2014 first-round pick James Young?

The Boston Celtics have been very patient with 2014 first-round pick James Young for the past couple of years. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that the Celtics may have given up on Young after a mediocre performance in the 2016 NBA Summer League.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of the 20-year-old guard with the Celtics. He noted that assistant coach in Boston was unhappy with the Kentucky product’s assertiveness in the last couple of Summer League games.

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Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, who is looking to acquire talent from a big trade, was asked by Murphy about Young’s future with the Celtics. He mentioned that the former 17th overall pick is doing “fine” but he has to make some tough decision going forward.

“I thought he had a really good summer league in Salt Lake. I thought he played well. He only played (seven) minutes the other night. I think James is doing fine, but we have a lot of decisions to make. A lot is dependent on what deals we’re able to do or not do, like do we sign or not sign another free agent?” Ainge answered.

Boston has been linked with many players for the past several weeks including Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. If the Celtics will make a trade, Young may be involved since he still has potential and probably needs a change of scenery to improve.

However, Boston will have to shed $1.8 million if they don’t include Young in a trade or decide to just release him. ESPN noted that in two years in the NBA, he has only played a total of 60 games and averages 2.2 points per game.

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The Herald asked Young about his thoughts on his future with the Celtics he answered it with a shrug. “I have to play hard. I did good in Utah. I played hard, and that’s what the Celtics want. The Celtics expect that,” he said.

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