The restricted free agent market is maybe as bad as it’s ever been. Only one of the top restricted free agents, Zach LaVine, has received a major contract offer from another team. Marcus Smart is among those who remains in limbo right now.
The Celtics want to bring Smart back, but the former Oklahoma State guard is seeking a major payday, and it’s unclear if Boston wants to give him that.
Smart, 24, might not be able to get that major payday from another team, too.
Is a sign-and-trade possible? It might be.
NBA insider Jordan Schultz is reporting that multiple NBA teams have contacted Boston about a potential trade. Among those teams: Grizzlies, Nets.
“Source: Several teams – inc the Grizzlies and Nets – have inquired about a S-T w/the Celtics for RFA Marcus Smart, who has already met with Brooklyn. Source also says that Boston has had zero communication or contact w/Smart,” he reports.
Source: Several teams – inc the #Grizzlies and #Nets – have inquired about a S-T w/the #Celtics for RFA Marcus Smart, who has already met with Brooklyn. Source also says that Boston has had zero communication or contact w/Smart.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 12, 2018
The Nets can always use talent and the Grizzlies’ style would likely be good for Smart, too. He’s the type of tenacious, hard-nosed player that Memphis has won with before.
Smart remains a priority for the Celtics, meanwhile, but at this point, it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen with him. Stay tuned.