Boston Celtics

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Marcus Smart remains a restricted free agent, but that may not be lasting much longer. According to NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely, sources around the league are getting the sense that the RFA point guard will simply sign his qualifying offer from the C’s sooner rather than later.

Two league sources whose teams have shown interest in Smart tell Blakely that they feel strongly Smart will eventually accept the $6.1 million one-year offer from Boston, then look toward becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. Meanwhile, the Celtics are simply waiting to see if another team is willing to sign the RFA to an offer sheet – but other clubs are reportedly wary of the C’s matching their offers anyway.

It’s likely that the Celtics want to keep Smart for at least one more season, but only for the $6.1 million qualifying offer. That’s due in part to staying under the luxury tax for next season.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers in game five of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden.

An offer sheet for Smart isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The Chicago Bulls recently matched the Sacramento Kings’ four-year, $78 million offer for RFA guard Zach LaVine. So another team could still jump in with an offer of their own for Smart’s services.


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As for Smart himself, who is reportedly “hurt and disgusted” by the recent lack of communication from the Celtics, he doesn’t have much of a choice if he doesn’t get any other offers. The only way for him to become an unrestricted free agent is for the Celtics to rescind their qualifying offer. It looks increasingly likely that, if he wants to play, he’ll have to take the one-year deal and wait until next summer to cash in.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.


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