Prior to Friday night's game against the Raptors, the Celtics announced that they have exercised options on the contracts of big man Kelly Olynyk and guards Marcus Smart and James Young ahead of the November 2 deadline. The three players are now under contract through the end of the 2016-17 season.
As first-round draft picks, all three were originally guaranteed two-year contracts, with a team option to extend that for two more. In Olynyk's case, 16-17 will be the last year of his rookie deal. Smart and Young, 2014 draftees, can remain in Boston on their current contracts for one more season after that.
Olynyk, the 13th pick in the 2013 draft, averaged 10.3 points for the Celtics last year. After serving a one-game suspension for his incident with Cleveland's Kevin Love in the playoffs, he made his season debut on Friday, scoring 11 points in 17 minutes in the 113-103 loss. Head coach Brad Stevens has been spreading the minutes around among his crowded frontcourt in the first two games, so it's hard to predict what Olynyk's role will be when the pecking order becomes clearer, and whether he will factor into the team's long-term plans.
Smart, the sixth pick in last year's draft, cemented his place as Boston's starting point guard with a strong finish to his rookie season. Through two games this year, he is averaging 9.5 points, 4 assists and 1.5 steals, but shooting just 26.3 percent from the floor.
Young, conversely, doesn't appear to have a place in the rotation at all. The 17th selection last year, he appeared in just 31 games and has been inactive for the first two this year. Expect him to spend plenty of time in the D-League, or perhaps even be traded before the end of the season.
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