|Celtics waive R.J. Hunter, give final roster spot to James Young||10.24.16 at 1:20 pm ET|
The Celtics have trimmed their roster for the start of the regular season, and former first-round pick R.J. Hunter was the final casualty, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed on Monday.
The team’s decision came down to Hunter vs. James Young, a pair of shooters who have thus far underachieved.
“James won the job,” Ainge said. “He played well. Day in, day out for the last six weeks, James was there.”
“I really like R.J.,” Ainge added. “He’s a great kid. He’s a good player and he had a good training camp also. So yeah, it’s disappointing. I think R.J. will get a chance somewhere. He’s a good player.”
The Celtics selected Hunter 28th overall in 2015, but he never cracked the rotation or established himself as a consistent marksman. He shot just .367 overall and .302 on 3-pointers.
His dad, Ron Hunter, told the Boston Globe that R.J. will move on. Hunter turned 23 on Monday.
“He’s disappointed,” Ron Hunter said. “For a kid to get waived on his birthday isn’t the best way to celebrate your birthday. But he understands this is a business and there will be another opportunity for him.”
The Celtics drafted Young, 21, with the 17th pick in the 2014 draft. He has averaged 2.2 points in 60 career games.
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