June 19, 2018, 5:43 pmMarcus SmartG, Boston Celtics
In an interview with the Boston Herald, Brad Stevens spoke at length about how much the team would love to keep restricted free agent Marcus Smart.
"Danny [Ainge] likes Marcus a lot. We all believe in everything he brings to the table. His competitive spirit is contagious, infectious… He makes guys better on both ends of the floor, he covers up for guys on defense. As high a level defender entering the league as I’ve ever seen. He’s going to keep getting better, and you want guys like that around." Smart has already stated what he thinks he's worth and it's possible that the Celtics lack the funds to keep him, especially considering their depth in the backcourt (when everyone is healthy). It'll be interesting to see who comes calling with an offer sheet, and these situations can often end with players frustrated by their own team slow-playing things.
Source: Boston Herald