Report: Boston Celtics Could Lose One of Their Best Players
It’s nice to watch all the deals happening on the open market. Reports confirm that the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets inquired a sign-and-trade for Marcus Smart. The player definitely attracted everyone’s attention. Boston is on fire!
Smart wasn’t connected with the Boston Celtics since free agency started. However, Gary Washburn revealed that the team is interested in bringing him back. Good news for Marcus!
“A team source said the Celtics want to bring back Marcus Smart and keep Terry Rozier for added depth and being a fully loaded roster next season, where they will be the favorites to win the Eastern Conference,” Washburn explained.
“Smart is a restricted free agent, meaning the Celtics have the right to match any offer and they will allow Smart to fish out those offer sheets and determine whether they should match. Smart’s market value is difficult to determine because he’s an erratic offensive player who makes plays at critical moments.
If he signed a multiyear offer sheet in the neighborhood of $12 million per season, will he demand a bigger offensive role with another club? Any team that signs Smart has to understand he may never become a better shooter or a bona fide starter.
The Celtics have overlooked his warts and embraced his strengths. It seems like a match for both sides. Smart doesn’t complain about coming off the bench. He has the skills to do things no one else on the Celtics roster can consistently do and Stevens loves his tenacity.
If Smart doesn’t get an offer sheet, the Celtics should try to get him to commit to a workable extension that allows him a raise and contract security. Don’t break the bank for Smart but give him enough of a bump to show he’s appreciated. The Celtics need to bring him back.”
Smart said he has a lot to think about, including all the factors that go into it. But, he doesn’t deny the desire to be in Boston.