The Celtics and guard Marcus Smart are not expected to come to terms on a long-term extension before tonight’s deadline, according to a report from The Boston Globe.
League sources told The Globe that both sides (C’s president Danny Ainge and Smart’s agent Happy Walters) attempted to finalize a dea, but they “have come up short.” League sources also noted that it’s unlikely that the sides, though still on the same page of wanting the player to be in Boston for the future, come through with a sudden push or breakthrough that leads towards a resolution prior to the midnight deadline.
This always seemed to be the path for the 23-year-old Smart and the Celtics, as the team would probably like another year to evaluate Smart’s overall game, and see if Smart’s offseason, slimming makeover successfully translates with on-court success.
“More explosiveness, a lot more quickness laterally, and you’re gonna see me be able to guard the guards like John Wall and Bradley Beal and guys like that a lot better,” Smart said of what his new-look, which saw him drop over 20 pounds, will bring to the Celtics. “You’re definitely gonna see my energy level stay at a high rate. Last year with that extra weight, the first half I was energy, energy, but when the fourth quarter would come, I still had that mindset of energy, but my body wouldn’t allow me to do it.”
Entering the fourth and final year of his rookie-scale contract, the expected failure to hammer out an extension before the night’s end will mean that Smart, the longest-tenured Celtic, will be open to offer sheets as a restricted free agent in 2018. But the Celtics will still have the ability to match any deal a team throws Smart’s way.
The sixth overall pick from 2014, Smart has averaged 9.3 points in 207 NBA games, but is coming off a career-best 10.6 points and 4.6 assists per game in 79 games last year.
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