"He would have thought there would have been some kind of three- to four-year deal from them to show they're interested".
Boston signed free agent guard Brad Wanamaker earlier this week. The lack of cap space league-wide has driven down the price of contracts everywhere and convinced many players to sign one-year deals in hopes of hitting the market again next summer.
With numerous top, high-profile free agents already off the market after a frenetic first couple of days, the National Basketball Association free agency period has started to slow down. We can now include the 24-year-old Smart in that group.
Known for his relentless defense and sometimes irrational offensive bravado, Marcus Smart has been a crucial element for the Boston Celtics as they have gone from 40 wins in his rookie season to 55 wins and one game away from the NBA Finals last season.
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He has since been replaced by Corinthians right-back Fagner in Tite's first team and the young defender has impressed. I know that as long as I continue working hard, things will get rolling.
The likes of Clint Capela, Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine are all still in the same boat as the tenacious Celtics defender.
From the Celtics' perspective, they have maintained throughout this process that they want to have Smart back next season, but they want to do it relative to what his market value is.
The Celtics reportedly extended a qualifying offer late last month, valued at just north of $6 million, according to RealGM's Keith Smith.
For a player who projects his value in the vicinity of $14 million to $15 million, the lack of anything beyond a qualifying offer is being taken as an insult. But the qualifying offer is the only one he has received, and there's been no talk since free agency opened. But now, as the clock ticks on his restricted free agency, Smart isn't feeling the love from Boston. "He's most disappointed that there has been no reaching out from their end".