Marcus Smart

NBA rumors: Marcus Smart, Celtics finalizing hefty contract extension

smartmarcuscelticsfans.jpg
AP

NBA rumors: Marcus Smart, Celtics finalizing hefty contract extension

It appears the Celtics are willing to pay up for Marcus Smart.

Boston is finalizing a four-year contract with the combo guard in the range of $48 million to $52 million, Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reported Wednesday, citing a source.

The restricted free agent averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals over 54 games last season. He shot below 37 percent from the field overall and just over 30 percent from deep.

Smart missed the final 15 games of the regular season and the first four games of the playoffs after tearing the UCL in his right thumb.

Boston is widely considered the best team in the Eastern Conference heading into the 2018-19 season.

The 76ers should provide a formidable challenge, and the Raptors could give the Celtics a run for their money if Kawhi Leonard is fully healthy and chooses to suit up this season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Kings ready to extend offer to Marcus Smart

smartusatsi.jpg
USATSI

Report: Kings ready to extend offer to Marcus Smart

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the latest mantra from the Sacramento Kings from office. 

After swinging and missing on shooting guard Zach LaVine, it appears the Kings may have a new target, according to NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely.

Smart is an interesting proposition for Sacramento. The 24-year-old defensive specialist can play the point guard, shooting guard or small forward position and would provide another playmaker for the Kings.

At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Smart plays the game with a tenacity that would fit well in Sacramento’s new-look squad. His versatility would fill plenty of holes, but his lack of perimeter shooting is a concern.

In his fourth season with the Boston Celtics, Smart posted 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in just under 30 minutes a night. He missed 28 games this season due to a torn tendon in his right thumb, but returned to action for the playoffs. 

Selected with the sixth overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, Smart has played 261 games, including 83 starts for Boston. 

There is no word yet on what the Kings might offer for Smart, but they have approximately $19.5 million in cap space and two roster spots to fill. Like LaVine, Smart is a restricted free agent and the Celtics would have 48 hours to either match or allow him to start a new chapter of his career with the Kings.