Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Marcus Smart Open To Deal Worth Less Than $15M Per Season

Marcus Smart Open To Deal Worth Less Than $15M Per Season

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned more than a week into free agency, but he's reportedly been busy meeting with National Basketball Association teams in search of an offer sheet.

The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach noted that Smart is "open to signing a multiyear deal for less than $15 million per season".

Per Himmelsbach, Smart will has already met with two teams while in Las Vegas, and he will meet with two more on Tuesday.

The downside: Smart would become an unrestricted free agent next summer and could leave unilaterally.

Of course, the alternative possibility is that the Kings' ineptitude could display itself in the team making an outsize offer for Marcus Smart, based on the idea that they can turn him into a completely different player. Keeping Smart at his $6,053,719 qualifying offer could allow Boston to avoid the tax this season and delay costly repeater-rate penalties down the line.

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That strategy isn't without risk, though. That deal reportedly exceeds the three-year, $33 million deal Jazz guard Dante Exum signed this offseason.

Following an underwhelming 2017-18 campaign, Noel got $3.7 million over two years from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Smart just wrapped up his fourth season in the National Basketball Association, averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals, but continued his four-year trend of shooting below 37 percent from the field over the course of the season. While he may not suffer a Noel-like fall in terms of value, it's not hard to see a combination of factors hurting his leverage as a free agent again next year.

So, Smart accepting the qualifying offer is far from his only option.

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