Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
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Marcus Smart hurt by Celtics

Marcus Smart hurt by Celtics

Reached Thursday, Ainge, the Celts president of basketball operations, declined comment.

As part of a new story by the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy, a source close to Smart described him as "hurt and disgusted" by the lack of communication from Danny Ainge. "If this is a standoff, league sources said, the Celtics certainly do not view it that way", Himmelsbach writes.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said on The Woj Pod that the market for restricted free agents this summer is "decimated" because teams have less money to spend after many of them splurged when the salary cap spiked in 2016.

Dante Exum signed a three-year, $33 million contract with Utah as the only restricted free agent to sign a multi-year deal.

But Smart is not hugely bothered about the limited prospects he has in this market, his main issue is in receiving no contact from the front office since he became a free agent on July 1.

Signing the qualifying offer, worth $6.1 million in Smart's case, would mean the 24-year-old would return to the Celtics on a one-year deal.

For a player who projects his value in the vicinity of $14 million to $15 million, the lack of anything beyond a qualifying offer is being taken as an insult.

"He would have thought there would have been some kind of three- to four-year deal from them to show they're interested", said a member of Smart's camp, per Murphy. But the qualifying offer is the only one he has received, and there's been no talk since free agency opened.

"He's just hurt and frustrated that [general manager] Danny [Ainge] hasn't reached out", the source added.

This is certainly a lot of anger coming from the Smart camp, but this is sometimes how free agency goes. But Walters said that by failing to agree to a fair deal previous year, it would end up costing the Celtics more money in the long run.

It's becoming a hard situation for the former Oklahoma State product and it puts his Celtics future in real doubt.

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