Nuggets among teams pursuing Smart

Marcus Smart of the Celtics will have thumb surgery Friday, with the hope he can return sometime in the playoffs.

The Boston Celtics have made guard Marcus Smart available in trade talks if they can acquire a first-round pick in return, and according to a report from the New York Times, the Denver Nuggets are among the teams interested in Smart.

Smart, who is currently out with right-hand lacerations suffered from a non-basketball incident, will become a restricted free agent this summer — meaning the Celtics don’t know what it will cost to retain the rugged defender since Smart can sign offer sheets with another teams.

The New York Times is reporting that the Nuggets are willing to part ways with combo guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

Smart is averaging 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 35.7 percent from the field and 29.9 percent on 3-pointers this season.

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