NBA free agency opened on July 1. Four days later, a Boston Celtics guard is reportedly “frustrated” with the organization over their lack of communication.
Marcus Smart, a former first-round pick of the Celtics from 2014, hasn’t heard from Danny Ainge and company despite his free agent tag. Smart is a restricted free agent this year.
According to a recent piece from the Boston Herald, Ainge has yet to reach out to Marcus Smart and offer him a deal. Smart helped lead a depleted Boston Celtics roster to the Eastern Conference Finals where the team lost in seven games to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
From the report:
And according to someone close to the Smart camp, who requested anonymity to comment on the situation, the Celts guard is frustrated with the lack of outreach from his team.
“He loves the Celtics, but with these crickets he’s hearing, he’s hurt and disgusted by it,” said the source.
The report details the lack of communication between the two sides, mainly on the part of the Celtics. Since entering the league in 2014, Smart has been a pivotal role player for the team.
Although he comes off the bench mostly, the former Oklahoma State star has produced at least 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in each of the last two seasons.
Smart reportedly received a qualifying offer from the Celtics, but has yet to be given a multi-year deal. According to the report from the Boston Herald, Smart is waiting on a three-to-four year deal.
Ainge has been involved in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard, according to multiple reports, so he could be too engaged on other fronts to deal with Smart. However, giving time to one of your key role players shouldn’t be too hard.