Since being drafted sixth overall in 2014, Cs nation embraced him as the heart and soul of the team. His defense made the city fall in love with him, as the combo guard earned All-Defensive First Team honors in 2019 and 2020.
Smart agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension back in the summer of 2018. Next season marks the final year of his deal where he is set to make roughly $14.3 million.
With Evan Fournier in need of a new contract this offseason, and Robert Williams due for one after next year, money is tight for the Boston Celtics.
While paying Smart may seem like a no-brainer to most die-hard fans, it all depends on where the team’s priorities lie. Trading Kemba Walker’s hefty salary would be ideal, but finding a suitor for him would be much more difficult than finding one for Smart. With Walker’s injury history and the four-year age difference, Smart is the more enticing trade piece.
Some would rather let go of Fournier than Smart, but at that point the team loses the piece they used the trade exception on for nothing.
At least by trading Smart the Celtics would get something in return. The market is wide open for an All-Defense First Team guard who improved his 3-point shooting to near league-average in recent years.
Fans get angry when the subject of trading Marcus Smart gets brought up. If Brad Stevens does decide to make a deal, he would need something great in return to quell the rioters who would demand his resignation.
We have 3 trade ideas that may suffice: