NBA Rumors: Would Celtics be open to trading Marcus Smart? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics underwent significant roster changes this offseason, but their core group remains intact.
Will that be the case three months from now after the NBA trade deadline?
In his breakdown of every team’s offseason, The Athletic’s David Aldridge reported Celtics guard Marcus Smart is “not ungettable” in a potential trade.
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That’s not the most forceful report, and the asking price probably would be high for Smart, Boston’s longest-tenured player and emotional leader.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge even referenced Smart along with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as part of the Celtics’ “young core,” and the tenacious guard is a great complement to Boston’s talented wings.
Smart is entering the second-to-last year of his contract, though, and is a relative bargain at $13 million per year. The Celtics are armed with a $28.5 million trade exception after the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade, and if they want to swing for the fences to acquire another star, Smart may be their most valuable asset in trade discussions.
It’s unlikely the Celtics trade Smart (or any player) anytime soon, as Ainge said Tuesday he wants to see how the season plays out before making any deals. If the C’s are a serious contender come February, it’s hard to see them trading the heart and soul of their franchise.
But if a glaring need opens up, it sounds like Ainge and Co. might be willing to listen to trade offers for the 26-year-old guard.