The Boston Celtics haven’t reached out or contacted Marcus Smart about his contract, beyond a qualifying offer. And the restricted free agent point guard is not happy about it.
As part of a new story by the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, a source close to Smart described him as “hurt and disgusted” by the lack of communication from Danny Ainge. The Celtics president of basketball ops declined to comment.
According to the source, Smart was expecting an offer for 3-4 years and not just the $6.05 million qualifying offer. He previously said he believes he’s worth upwards of $14 million per season.
Jazz guard Dante Exum, who was also a member of Smart’s 2014 draft class, recently signed a three-year, $33 million extension with Utah as an RFA. But according to the source, Smart isn’t concerned about that deal so much as the lack of outreach from Ainge and the Celtics.
Based on the source’s comments, Smart sounds prepared to eventually accept his qualifying offer, then plan to move on from the Celtics and explore unrestricted free agency next summer.
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