Meanwhile, the Celtics are simply waiting to see if another team is willing to sign the RFA to an offer sheet - but other clubs are reportedly wary of the C's matching their offers anyway.
Boston has the right to match any offer sheet signed by Smart, but the veteran is not pleased with how the team that drafted him four years ago has approached his free agency.
Per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports, Boston Celtics restricted free agent Marcus Smart is likely to sign his qualifying offer - worth $6.1 million - and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Said he's heading to meet with his agent... Before saying goodbye, Stevens said he would talk with Smart soon.
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 burly point guard entered the offseason hoping he could find teams willing to pay him way over that range, but that has seemingly proven to be a more hard task than expected, especially with several teams not having enough financial flexibility to make any significant signings.
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. 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. The Celtics breed warriors and Smart is one of the reasons why.
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