Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Celtics exploring deals for Marcus Smart

Dec 20 2017 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart controls the ball during the second half against the Miami Heat at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 09:00

We are approaching the last hours before the trade deadline, and not much has changed for the Boston Celtics.

Chris Mannix of Yahoo!

Smart, who played his collegiate basketball at Oklahoma State, was originally selected by Boston with the sixth overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Reports from the Boston Herald also noted that the Celtics are looking into making trades for guard Lou Williams and Grizzlies guard/forward Tyreke Evans. "That would be paying very high - probably too high for Boston's taste - but trading a pick you get as part of a multistep contingency is not quite the same as trading from your preexisting stash", he continued. "And given that whatever team trades for him would control Smart's free agency via matching rights, he's one of the few guys who might plausibly net a first-rounder", Lowe said in his report. A league source also told Bulpett: "It's not like they're trying to give him away". "If they didn't have to take back a lot of money going out in the future". Boston made several offers involving a pair of second-round picks, according to two people with knowledge of the trade talks. According the Himmelsbach's league sources, the Celtics are likely to wait for the post-deadline buyout market, rather than sacrifice assets for "what would likely be short-term gains". After the Los Angeles Clippers traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, Stein reported that both DeAndre Jordan and Williams were available. The problem is, it sounds like the Nuggets are interesting to offer Emmanuel Mudiay to Boston in the place of the first-round pick that Boston is now asking for in any deal for Smart. Splitting time off the bench and in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies, the guard is averaging 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. The Celtics would then try to use that pick to acquire either Evans or Williams. However, Danny Ainge is reportedly "holding the line on what be believes is proper value" to the frustration of teams.