James Young ready to claim his space with Celtics

Celtics’ James Young was shuttled back and forth between Boston and the Maine Red Claws  in his rookie season.

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Young had a mercurial rookie season after being drafted with the 17th pick by the Celtics.

Greg Monroe (right) averaged 15.9 points last season.

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Greg Monroe agrees on three-year deal with Milwaukee

One of the most coveted big men on the free agent market, Monroe has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks.

Amir Johnson was the last player who went straight from high school into the NBA.

Amir Johnson’s path to Boston went through LA, Detroit, and Toronto

The power forward and the Celtics agreed to a two-year deal Wednesday.

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Late Wednesday night forward Crowder agreed to a five-year, $35 millon contract.

NBA notebook

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Love announced he is coming back to help LeBron James finish what they started last season.

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Pierce agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal to play for the Clippers, said a person with knowledge of the deal.

Adam Himmelsbach

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/150630_kdb_CELTICS_DRAFT_PICKS_0002.jpg Seven takeaways after Celtics introduce draft picks

Here’s what we learned Tuesday about the players chosen in the draft last week.

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Some players might be out of the team’s reach, while others are very do-able. Here’s a review.

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The forward averaged 10 points a game last season but saw his stats dip in the playoffs.

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

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Boston has cap space and a terrific young coach, but it’s a struggle to bring marquee names to town.

Celtics turn their attention to free agent market

The team may speak with many top free agents, but landing an elite player will be difficult.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_lebron_james.jpg NBA notes: As expected, LeBron James opts out of contract

The Cavaliers superstar is expected to sign a new maximum-level contract to remain in Cleveland.

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

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Every team except the Pelicans came out with players who can influence their future.

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Holmes, a former University of Texas forward, agreed to play for the summer league entries in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

2008: The last Celtics championship