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Marcus Smart‘s free agency may drag on for quite a while, as the guard is seeking more money than what is out there in this summer’s market and the Boston Celtics are in no rush to bid against themselves, according to a report from the Boston Herald.
Smart is a restricted free agent, meaning he’s eligible to sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Celtics have 48 hours to decide if they want to match the offer or not.
Other than basic pleasantries during a Summer League game this past Monday, Smart has yet to hear from the Celtics since free agency began on July 1 and the rugged defender is frustrated with the lack of outreach from the team.
Several teams, including the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies, have reached out to the Celtics inquiring about a possible sign-and-trade scenario for Smart, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
Smart and his camp met with the Nets in Las Vegas.
Smart averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists this past regular season. He underwent surgery in March for a torn ligament in his right thumb.
According to a report from the Boston Globe, Smart is open to signing a multiyear deal for less than $15 million per season. The problem is that Smart and the Celtics’ idea of a fair contract is not the same.