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Marcus Smart 'Hurt and Disgusted' By Celtics' Silence

Marcus Smart 'Hurt and Disgusted' By Celtics' Silence

But now, as the clock ticks on his restricted free agency, Smart isn't feeling the love from Boston.

From the start, the Celtics have been willing to let Smart test the market, believing he would have a hard time finding the type of money he wants, per sources. The other issue for the Celtics is the luxury tax, something they would be extremely close to exceeding depending on how much they pay Smart. Moreover, he's reportedly frustrated by the lack of communication from general manager Danny Ainge.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge has declined to speak on the matter.

"He would have thought there would have been some kind of three- to four-year deal from them to show they're interested", said a member of Smart's camp, per Murphy.

"If that's the indication the Celtics are giving him - a one-year deal -- then absolutely, yes, he's prepared for it", said the source.

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From the Celtics' perspective, they have maintained throughout this process that they want to have Smart back next season, but they want to do it relative to what his market value is.

On the eve of their first summer league game, the Celtics announced on Thursday that they have signed first-round draft pick Robert Williams.

According to the source, Smart was expecting an offer for 3-4 years and not just the $6.05 million qualifying offer.

For a player who projects his value in the vicinity of $14 million to $15 million, the lack of anything beyond a qualifying offer is being taken as an insult.

All of this could be worked out soon and it would be water under the bridge, but as of right now, it appears Smart isn't happy with the Boston Celtics.


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