Are Celtics about to lose Marcus Smart
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Will Marcus Smart wind up re-signing with Boston or is his days with the Celtics about to come to an end?

 

The veteran point could be answering that question soon. Earlier in the week, Celtics president Danny Ainge reaffirmed that reaching a deal with Smart remains a “top priority” for the organization. That being said, Yahoo Sports reported that Smart hasn’t been quick to move the needle on an extension because of what he perceives as a “lack of respect” from the Celtics’ front office.

 

 

 

That perception could explain why the 24-year-old was seen meeting with the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week, as reported by The Athletic.

 

Yahoo Sports additionally reported that the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings are also interested in acquiring Smart’s services this offseason.

 

Are Celtics about to lose Marcus Smart

If Smart doesn’t like what any of those teams envision for him, he could opt to sign the Celtics $6.1 million qualifying offer or leverage a higher one-year deal this offseason and then hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Having carved out the reputation for being a dogged point guard on both ends of the floor, Smart averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists for the Celtics last season, as they came within minutes of reaching the NBA Finals. Like Ainge, Smart’s backcourt mate, Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown, wants the point guard back with the squad for the 2018-19 season and beyond.