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Knicks to sign Skal Labissiere to G League deal

The Knicks continue to fill out their roster, this time with their G League team, as SNY’s Ian Begley has confirmed that the team will sign G/F James Young and F/C Skal Labissiere to G League contracts. Like Myles Powell and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s deals with the Knicks, Labissiere’s is an Exhibit 10 contract. The Knicks will need to waive someone in order for Labissiere to join on that deal. Young was the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, where he played for three seasons. The Kentucky product also played six games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018, and has most recently been playing in Israel for Maccabi Haifa, where he was the top scorer in the Israeli Premier League.

The Bucks are hosting a free agent mini-camp on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as they look to fill out their training camp roster and identify candidates to play for their G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, according to Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The mini-camp, which will give the club a chance to evaluate possible camp invitees, includes a handful of notable names among its 16 participants. Former lottery picks Trey Burke and Hasheem Thabeet are among the first-rounders who will be in attendance at the mini-camp, as Velazquez details. MarShon Brooks, Toney Douglas, Archie Goodwin, R.J. Hunter, John Jenkins, Perry Jones, and James Young are also set to get a look from the Bucks.

“With James, with that fourth year, we just want to wait and see how he progresses in this third year,” Danny Ainge said Tuesday. “It’s a big year for James, but I really like where he is. As a person and a player, he’s made great strides and is becoming more of a pro all the time.” Ainge said that Young was at the gym from 7 to about 9 p.m. Monday, long after Boston’s practice had ended. During that time Young and Ainge also sat down and discussed the team’s decision not to pick up the $2.8 million 2017-18 option.

Ainge made it clear that it does not mean Young’s time in Boston is finished. The Celtics could still sign him — for no more than the salary he was slotted to receive in his rookie deal — but before even reaching that point, they will need to see more. “I mean, listen, James has plenty of examples of guys it was a great blessing to not get their contract extended, right?” Ainge said, meaning that Young could perform well and earn a hefty payday elsewhere. “So I think he understands it. He gets it. He understands it’s an important year regardless of whether we did or we didn’t. So, yeah, he took it in a good way.”
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