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Ex-Cat James Young gets another shot at NBA roster spot

James Young looked for room to drive against fellow former Cat John Wall when the Celtics played the Wizards last January.
James Young looked for room to drive against fellow former Cat John Wall when the Celtics played the Wizards last January. AP

James Young has found a home for NBA training camp.

The former University of Kentucky basketball star will need a strong showing to secure a roster spot for the 2017-18 season, though.

The 6-foot-6 Young, who played one season under John Calipari at Kentucky in 2013-14, signed a training camp contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he will be competing for what will probably amount to one open roster spot on a young and improving Bucks team that made the playoffs last season. He could also be considered for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ G League affiliate.

Young, 22, was the 17th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played in 89 games over three seasons with Boston and averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds. In two seasons (2014-16) with the Maine Red Claws of the G League, Young averaged 18.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 40.6 percent from three-point distance.

Young, who averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his one season at Kentucky, played for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Summer League in 2017.

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