A day after adding Greg Monroe, the Celtics have made it known that they’re not done.
Tyreke Evans rumors continue to swirl, and the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported on Saturday that the Clippers’ Lou Williams is now a name of interest to the Celtics.
But to get, the Celts must give.
And Celtics president Danny Ainge — never one afraid to take chances — is reportedly willing to listen to offers on Marcus Smart, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“[Marcus Smart]’s a player that’s available for a first round pick,” Wojnarowski, who was in Boston for Knicks-Celtics earlier this week, said on his latest podcast. “If a team was willing to give Boston a first-round pick, Boston would look at [trading him], [and] if they didn’t have to take back a lot of money going out in the future. He’s restricted this summer, you don’t know what it will cost to keep him.”
And while Ainge undoubtedly loves his assets (he has at least seven first-round picks in the next four years), it’s Smart’s status as a pending restricted free agent, and with his agent more than honest about what it will cost to keep Smart in Boston on a long-term deal, that may serve as the deciding factor for the hypothetical move. Along with his value, especially to a team out West.
“He’s proven he can help you win a playoff game or two. He doesn’t shoot great from the three-point line, some of the things you want from a guard in this day and age,” Wojnarowski said of Smart, currently on the shelf with a hand injury after a hotel incident. “He defends, he’s super competitive. But they can’t pay everybody in Boston and they’re going to have to make decisions. Does a team want to give up a first for a player when they don’t know what it will cost to keep him? I’m not sure that will happen.
“But I think certainly if [the Celtics] were going to make a move with one of their core guys, there’s potential that it’s going to be Smart.”
The apparent comfort in moving Smart also probably comes back to the sudden emergence of Terry Rozier, who has been nothing short of spectacular in his spot-start appearances for the injured Kyrie Irving, with a triple-double in his first start on Wednesday, and then a career-high 31 points dropped in Friday’s victory over the Hawks.
The 23-year-old Smart, meanwhile, is averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game, and is shooting 35.7 percent from the field this season.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog