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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.

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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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How good are the Celtics when Terry Rozier scores? That, plus more cool stats

How good are the Celtics when Terry Rozier scores? That, plus more cool stats

BOSTON -- We all know that Terry Rozier is an important part of this Boston Celtics puzzle of players.

He showed his worth during the playoffs last season and after a so-so start, he seems to be getting back into a nice groove.

But as important as it is for Rozier to contribute in a multitude of areas, the one barometer for his success and the team’s for that matter, is him getting buckets.

Rozier has had 13 games this season in which he has reached double figures scoring for the Boston Celtics.

And their record in those games?

A near-spotless 12-1 record, with the lone loss coming at Utah on Nov. 9.

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So as much as we want to weigh in on the various analytics data that may factor into tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks, arguably the most basic stat of them all - scoring - will be the truth-teller tonight when it comes to Rozier’s impact on Boston winning.

Here are some more notable stats heading into tonight’s game against Atlanta.

  • Semi Ojeleye has the best defensive rating (88.0) in the NBA among players this season to appear in at least 20 games and average at least 10 minutes per game.

  • Marcus Morris is shooting 49.5 percent on above-the-break 3’s, which ranks 2nd in the NBA.

  • Aron Baynes had a season-high 16 points against the Hawks on Nov. 23, in addition to grabbing nine rebounds.

  • Robert Williams has 12 made baskets this season, 10 of which are dunks.

  • The Atlanta Hawks are giving up a league-high 118 points per game this season. To put that in perspective, no team has allowed that many points since the Denver Nuggets (130.8) did so during the 1990-1991 season, which was 28 years ago.

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Watch out: Robert Williams' "Time Lord" nickname may draw fitting sponsor

Watch out: Robert Williams' "Time Lord" nickname may draw fitting sponsor

Never underestimate the power of the internet.

That was where Robert Williams' "Time Lord" nickname first originated as the brainchild of Ryan Hebert, aka @HebertofRiffs on Twitter.

Fast forward to Friday afternoon, when the "Time Lord" hype appeared earn the Boston Celtics rookie a shot at a sponsorship with ... a major watch company?

Well played, Timex.

This actually would be the perfect partnership: If Williams has his own customized watch, he'll never sleep through a conference call or a miss a flight again.

And what better way for Timex to promote its brand than through the Lord of Time himself?

Danny Ainge and Williams' sister may throw a wrench in the deal if they succeed in changing the young big man's nickname. (Both aren't fans of the moniker.) But considering the "Time Lord" is getting literal sponsorship offers now, we're guessing the nickname is here to stay.

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