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Marcus Smart has yet to hear from the Boston Celtics since free agency began on July 1 and the rugged defender is frustrated with the lack of outreach from the team, according to a report from the Boston Herald.
As a restricted free agent, Smart can sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Celtics have to decide if they want to match the offer or not. Boston is resigned that Smart will opt for a bigger payday elsewhere instead of taking a hometown discount, according to a report from ESPN.
“He loves the Celtics, but with these crickets he’s hearing, he’s hurt and disgusted by it,” the source told the Herald. “He would have thought there would have been some kind of three to four-year deal from them to show they’re interested. But the qualifying offer is the only one he has received and there’s been no talk since free agency opened. He’s just hurt and frustrated that Danny [Ainge] hasn’t reached out. That’s the most discouraging part of this whole thing. The last contact was a few days before free agency started.”
Smart averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists during the regular season. He underwent surgery in March for a torn ligament in his right thumb which limited his shooting ability during the playoffs.
After the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Smart said he’s worth more than the $12-14 million a year price tag many believe he will get from teams.
“To be honest, I’m worth more than $12-14 million,” Smart told ESPN. “Just for the things I do on the court that don’t show up on the stat sheet. You don’t find guys like that. I always leave everything on the court, every game. Tell me how many other players can say that. I’m not really thinking about that right now. I don’t know [if they’ll pay me]. We’ll find out sooner than later.”
The Dallas Mavericks could be a team that makes an offer to Smart for the right price, according to a report from Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com.