Marcus Smart, along with Clint Capela, is arguably the biggest name remaining on the NBA free agency market. The Boston Celtics guard is a restricted free agent and, as of yet, he doesn’t appear to have received an offer sheet from another team.
There were rumors of the Sacramento Kings being interested in presenting Smart with a sizable contract that the Celtics would have to match in order to keep him, but that has since been refuted.
Smart, a former top 10 pick out of Oklahoma State, is in a tricky situation. He’s reportedly interested in a long-term deal worth upwards of $15 million annually, but almost no NBA teams have the cap space necessary to give him that.
The Celtics obviously value him and want to keep him around, but they’re not really incentivized to give him a big contract unless someone else forces their hand.
Boston’s president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, was asked about Smart’s situation today.
He didn’t say much.
“Don’t know. Everything is in negotiations right now. But we want Marcus back,” Ainge said.
Ainge on Marcus Smart: "Don't know. Everything is in negotiations right now. But we want Marcus back."
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 16, 2018
Smart, 24, averaged 10 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Celtics last season, helping lead Boston to an Eastern Conference Finals loss against Cleveland.