Sir Charles in Charge's Michael Saenz's recent mock trade proposal would send former Boston Celtics fan favorite Marcus Smart to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-for-one deal that'd send Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, and Damian Jones, not to mention three future second-round draft picks, back to the Memphis Grizzlies. Saenz envisions Smart playing in a bench role for the Cavs.
"I'm not sure if the Memphis Grizzlies would be willing to shop Smart, even after their sluggish start to the season, but he's a player who would offer a lot of what Cleveland is missing," Saenz prefaced before saying, "Smart would solidify the team's backcourt depth while also giving them a boost on the defensive end as well.
"Smart would give the Cavs toughness and added experience that they sorely missed in the postseason last year. And playing next to Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell, Smart could be a menace off the bench for Cleveland."
Marcus Smart's Grizzlies tenure has been an unfun disaster to watch for Boston Celtics fans
Not a single Celtics fan wanted to see Kyrie Irving thrive with the Brooklyn Nets after he ditched Boston during the 2019 offseason -- especially after it was discovered that Spencer Dinwiddie was recruiting the controversial point guard all season.
But Smart succeeding with the Grizzlies was something most in the fanbase would've been delighted to see. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies ended up winning less than 28% of their games through the month of November, and are lowly enough to already see analysts try to trade away any veterans of value on their roster.
Smart ending up back in the Eastern Conference wouldn't be ideal, and certain teams in the west (the Los Angeles Lakers spring to mind) would be even worse landing spots if the guard is destined to be dealt again.
Let's just hope a return from injury for him, and a return from suspension for Ja Morant, can rewrite the narrative in Memphis before the 2023-24 season is completely lost; and worse yet, Smart is in a place Celtics fans can't cheer for him in good faith.