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Marcus Smart reveals what has surprised him most about Kemba Walker

Marcus Smart reveals what has surprised him most about Kemba Walker

Marcus Smart knew what the Boston Celtics were getting when they signed Kemba Walker over the summer.

Walker has built a reputation for his leadership and ability to score at will, so Smart wasn't surprised to see those qualities carry over into Boston. But there was one aspect of Walker's game that did catch Smart off guard.

"Yeah, his defense," Smart told The Players' Tribune when asked what surprised him most about Walker. "And for little guards that score the ball and have the ball in their hands like Kemba, you don't really see that often with guys playing defense."

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Walker certainly has made an impact defensively for the C's thus far, all while averaging 22.6 points through the first 13 games of the season. Plus, there's no doubt he's been a breath of fresh air within Boston's locker room.

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NBA Rumors: Cavaliers willing to trade Kevin Love; could Celtics be suitors?

NBA Rumors: Cavaliers willing to trade Kevin Love; could Celtics be suitors?

The rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are ready to listen to trade offers for Kevin Love.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Friday on SportsCenter the Cavs are willing to trade their veteran big man, and the Boston Celtics were one of the teams he brought up when discussing the rumors.

"Look at the teams that are playing tonight that have all had interest in the recent past with [Love]," Wojnarowski said. "Boston, Portland, Denver, he's going to be a player very much in demand and I think there's going to be a lot of conversation between Cleveland and teams all over the league about Love."

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Love would be a nice addition to a Celtics frontcourt in need of some size, but his expensive contract makes any potential trade a longshot. The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland in July of 2018.

The Cavaliers entered Friday night with a 5-15 record. Love is averaging 16.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in his 12th NBA season.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7.

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Celtics' Marcus Smart signs posters for 'biggest fans' Grant Williams, Javonte Green

Celtics' Marcus Smart signs posters for 'biggest fans' Grant Williams, Javonte Green

Marcus Smart got a visit from two of his biggest fans in the Boston Celtics locker room on Friday.

Those fans were his rookie teammates Grant Williams and Javonte Green, who approached the longest-tenured Celtic with autograph requests.

Smart obliged, but he laughed off their requests to write "To Grant" or "To Javonte" on the Authentic Fan posters. Williams did, however, convince Smart to write "To Mini-Me" since Smart has referred to the 21-year-old as the younger version of himself.

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To say the youngsters look up to Smart would be an understatement.

After missing the Celtics' win over the Heat with an illness and oblique injury, Smart will be back in action for Friday night's matchup vs. the Denver Nuggets.

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