LAS VEGAS – The network met Celtic's limited free agent Marcus Smart on Monday. Now the question is how much interest the pages have in each other.
The network played a summer game on Monday night at the Cox Pavilion. Sean Marks, Secretary General in Brooklyn, played another game. He discovered that he had a conversation with Smart and his reps in the evening at Thomas & Mack Center. Basket Insider tweeted a photo of the meeting.
Smart and Agent Happy Walters takes meetings in Las Vegas, according to the Boston Globe. And according to a league source, the combination guard is now willing to take a salary below $ 15 million per season.
But the net, even after recovering just over $ 5 million in Dwight Howard's purchase, does not have much money. And would they think it was wise to spend it on Smart even if they did?
The network has just under $ 11 million to spend and Smart told ESPN that he's worth $ 12 million to $ 14 million. Although the network managed to create a little more space and get smart to ink an offer sheet, there are still obstacles.
They would have to wait two full days to see if Celtics matched. Granted to have written Otto Porter Jr., Tyler Johnson and current Net Allen Crabbe to offer the sheet. Marks is not shy about joining the RFA route.
But greater concern is that any business would have to be at least two years.
It is obvious that every move as Marks has done has been an eye on creating 2019 cap space and positioning the net to offer two max contracts.
Would Marks really eat in the NBA high $ 70 million in capacity already, knowing he still has a decision to take on duty Angelo Russell?
It should be noted that Smart has been "hurt and disgusted" by the way Boston has handled his limited free agency, with Celtics extending him a $ 6
The network would surely give him a bigger offer, one that should send the high-quality Celtics – who already have Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward who combine to make $ 80 million next season – in the treasure. Of course, cynics can be smart. Smart was knowledgeable and sent Celtics a message to shake some more change of GM Danny Ainge.