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Smart reportedly drawing interest from other teams; is one of them Nets?

Smart reportedly drawing interest from other teams; is one of them Nets?

Celtics restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart is scheduled to meet with two NBA teams Tuesday after talking to two others on Monday and is seeking a multi-year deal worth less than $15 million per season, according to a Boston Globe report.

One of those teams could be the Brooklyn Nets. Michael Scotto of The Athletic posted a photo of what appears to be Smart and his agent Happy Walters talking with Nets general manager Sean Marks in Las Vegas. 

NBC Sports Boston Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely reported Monday that the Sacramento Kings were considering an offer sheet "expected to be closer to the $12-14 million" a year range for Smart. 

Kings beat writer Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reported that the Kings were not preparing an offer sheet.

Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald also reported Tuesday that Smart would "consider" accepting the Celtics' offer from last October, which would be worth more annually than the three-year, $33 million recently signed by Jazz guard Dante Exum.

The 6-foot-4 guard has reportedly been upset and bothered by the lack of attention being paid to him by the Celtics, who can match any offer made to him. They have made a $6.1 million qualifying offer to Smart. 

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Flights from Boston to Philadelphia gifting Celtics t-shirts to passengers

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Flights from Boston to Philadelphia gifting Celtics t-shirts to passengers

If you are flying from Boston to Philadephia today, well, better hope you're not a 76ers fan. Hey, even if you are, free t-shirt.

Even the pilot and co-pilot will be rocking Celtic Green.

The Celtics and the 76ers will meet at the TD Garden to tip off the NBA season tonight, a rematch of the second round of last season's playoffs. Although, these teams are not exactly the same as when they last saw each other.

Philly will start second-year guard, and 2017 number one pick, Markelle Fultz. They also added the versatile forward Wilson Chander. Boston will be fully healthy, starting both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. 

The Celtics' season tips off at 8:00 p.m. 

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Young Celtics have already found success against Sixers

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Young Celtics have already found success against Sixers

BOSTON – The return of Kyrie Irving (knee) and Gordon Hayward (ankle/leg) to the starting lineup is a no-brainer topic of discussion when talking about the Boston Celtics.

But as we saw last season, the Celtics have some young talent that appears ready to come of age sooner than anyone expected.

Jaylen Brown is trending towards becoming the latest two-way talent in the NBA. Terry Rozier will come off the bench most of this season and seems poised for what should be a legitimate run at the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award. And then there’s Jayson Tatum, a versatile forward with all-star potential.

All will play a prominent role in tonight’s season-opener against Philadelphia at the TD Garden.

The last time Boston’s youthful triumvirate saw Philadelphia, each was playing some of their best basketball of the season.

Terry Rozier averaged 8.0 points against the Sixers in the regular season but increased his scoring output to 19.0 points per game in the playoffs.

Jaylen Brown, in addition to doing a solid job defensively, increased his scoring average against the Sixers from 11.0 points in the regular season to 15.3 in the playoffs.

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And then there was Jayson Tatum who averaged 14.3 points against the Sixers during the regular season only to put up All star-type numbers with a 23.6 points per game scoring average in the playoffs.

Here are some more notes and nuggets looking ahead to tonight’s season opener.

Opening night: This will be the 11th time Boston will face Philadelphia on opening night, with the Celtics owning an impressive 9-1 record.

Opening night 2.0: Boston’s opening night success isn’t just limited to what they have done against the Sixers. The Celtics have won more opening day games (44) than any team in the NBA history. And their opening night winning percentage (.611) is the fourth-highest in league history.

Elite company: Al Horford was a do-it-all performer for the Celtics last season, finishing as one of just two players with at least 80 made 3-pointers, 80 offensive rebounds, 300 assists and 70 blocked shots. The other player? That would be LeBron James. Making it all the more impressive was that it was the second straight season Horford achieved those milestones, with the only other Celtic doing so being Larry Bird during the 1986-1987 season.

On the rise: Jaylen Brown was Boston’s No. 2 scorer last season with a 14.5 points per game average. His scoring improved by 7.9 points from his rookie season which represented the fourth-largest scoring jump in the NBA last season.

Big man streaking: Joel Embiid has been a load for the Celtics to deal with scoring and rebounding lately. He comes into tonight’s game having tallied a double-double in eight straight game against Boston, which includes the five-game playoff series won by the Celtics this past spring.

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