By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Marcus Smart is drawing interest from the Dallas Mavericks and three other teams ahead of the start of NBA free agency, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jordan Schultz on Twitter. He’s also reportedly drawn interest from the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and Phoenix Suns.
According to Schultz, the Mavs are a “contender” for Smart’s services, but it “depends on price”. Smart is a free agent, so the Celtics would get the first chance to match any offer sheet that the Mavs or any other team would send his way.
Smart told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan back in May that he believes he’s worth more than $12-14 million as a free agent, and that teams would value what he brings to the court that go beyond scoring.
“Just for the things I do on the court that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” Smart said. “You don’t find guys like that. I always leave everything on the court, every game. Tell me how many other players can say that.”
The C’s will also have the option of a sign-and-trade with Dallas, or another team showing interest. Since outside teams might have to overpay for an offer sheet, might be the most desirable option for both sides.
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