Marcus Smart Frustrated He Hasn't Heard From Celtics In Free Agency

Heather Diaz
July 8, 2018

Recent reports indicate Smart has not been pleased by the lack of reaching out by the Celtics to get a deal done.

The source added that Smart thought he would have at least gotten an offer for a three- or four-year deal from the Celtics at this juncture in free agency, and that he hasn't spoken to Boston since a few days before the period started.

The market for restricted free agents like Smart has been soft.

The Celtics have shown themselves to be shrewd when it comes to player decisions (trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn and, more recently, trading an injured Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland in the final year of his contract). "He's most disappointed that there has been no reaching out from their end".

Marcus Smart was a key cog in the Boston Celtics' gritty playoff run, but it was well known he'd "go for the money" as a restricted free agent this summer.

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From the Celtics' perspective, they have maintained throughout this process that they want to have Smart back next season, but they want to do it relative to what his market value is. Given that projected surplus, they may elect to stand pat for the most part.

The Celtics president of basketball ops declined to comment.

Smart was one of several players to receive a qualifying offer on June 29, just before free agency opened. According to the source who spoke to the Boston Herald, Smart seems to have made his peace with that option, too.

"It's like Isaiah (Thomas) previous year, Marcus has played through injury", the source said. He pours his heart out every day for that team. "You have to move on".

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