Marcus Smart leaning toward accepting Celtics’ qualifying offer
11 July, 2018, 14:53 | Author: Suzanne Horton
The interactions were notable because Smart, a restricted free agent, has been said to be frustrated with the way the Celtics have approached his contract negotiations - and, specifically, with the lack of communication on their end. We are now getting more news and even a picture from the Athletic of Smart his agent and Nets GM Sean Marks. It was taken Monday night, Scotto said. The fact that they wanted Zach Lavine is pretty much your gold-plated guarantee that their front office and ownership is too clueless to understand what Smart's worth. Keeping Smart at his $6,053,719 qualifying offer could allow Boston to avoid the tax this season and delay costly repeater-rate penalties down the line.
Smart had surgery on March 16 (Mar. 17, PHL time) to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb and returned in Game 5 of the Celtics' first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. 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. He was limited to 54 games due to hand injuries, which included needing surgery on a torn thumb ligament. He has backed up Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in Boston.
Instead, he's "hurt and disgusted" by the Celtics' handling of his restricted free agency.
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