Marcus Smart Open To Deal Worth Less Than $15M Per Season

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The Celtics have no reason to outbid themselves, and they reportedly are yet to make an offer - preferring to wait until Smart gets a concrete offer sheet to determine how much they will have to spend.

While no deal is imminent, two National Basketball Association officials whose teams have had some level of interest in Marcus Smart are getting a strong sense that he will sign the $6.1 million qualifying offer made by the Celtics and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. Late last night, Jason Jones, the Kings' beat writer for Sacramento's paper of record, poured some cold water on Blakely's reporting.

Smart has turned into a key rotation piece during his four years in Boston. The 22-year-old power forward averaged 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Golden Kings during the 2017-18 season. I always leave everything on the court, every game.

Martin, who saw just five minutes on Friday against the Sixers, then 17 against the Nuggets on Saturday, once again saw an increase in PT as he played 22 against the Hornets. the most of any reserves for the Celtics.

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Smart has reportedly been frustrated by his negotiations with the Celtics.

Of course, the alternative possibility is that the Kings' ineptitude could display itself in the team making an outsize offer for Marcus Smart, based on the idea that they can turn him into a completely different player.

The Athletic's Michael Scotto snapped a photo of Smart and his agent Happy Walters talking to the Brooklyn Nets' GM Sean Marks. In the end, though, Boston will (eventually) be the one to decide if the relationship continues.

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