In Second RFA Attempt, Kings Preparing Offer Sheet for Marcus Smart

12 July, 2018, 05:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stops for a moment to pose by a sign made by a fan during the team's NBA basketball championship parade Tuesday

The Boston Celtics are still weighing their options when it comes to restricted free agent Marcus Smart.

This morning A.Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reported that the Sacremento Kings were getting ready to offer Smart a multi-year deal.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers in game five of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden.


If Smart signs an offer sheet with the Kings and Boston declines to match it, it will be a blow to a Celtics defense that was among the best in the National Basketball Association last season.

That strategy isn't without risk, though. Nerlens Noel turned down a four-year, $70 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks in order to bet on himself as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Following an underwhelming 2017-18 campaign, Noel got $3.7 million over two years from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sacramento is unlikely to offer Smart such a lucrative deal, but it's expected to be closer to the $12-14 million salary that Smart was reportedly seeking in a new deal. He's also been a statisically bad three-point shooter, attempting 4.5 three-pointers per game and making just 29 percent of his shots from there. Assuming he's willing to wait, somebody-whether it's the Celtics or another team-should meet his asking price before the start of the regular season.

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