Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart not getting contract offer from Sacramento Kings

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

Sacramento is preparing to offer the 24-year-old restricted free agent a contract, according to a report from NBC Sports. The Celtics reportedly were willing to pay in the $12 million a year range to Smart (he believed he deserved more), so the Kings need to go far enough above that number so the Celtics don't match. Smart and Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, arguably the two-best RFAs, have yet to sign an offer sheet with an opposing team.

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.

The decision would allow Smart to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019. This past season, he averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, and the numbers don't tell the story of his strong defense or leadership.

"Just for the things I do on the court that don't show up on the stat sheet", Smart said to ESPN at the time.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, he recently crossed paths with both Smart and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and came away with the impression that both parties are going to resolve with finality any contractual issues sooner than later. I always leave everything on the court, every game. But LaVine returned to Chicago after it matched the deal Sunday.

Marcus Smart remains a restricted free agent, but that may not be lasting much longer.

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