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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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Evan Turner has fond memories of epic Marcus Smart flop three years later

Evan Turner has fond memories of epic Marcus Smart flop three years later

Where were you for Marcus Smart's "flop (seen) 'round the world"? Evan Turner was on the same court -- and ready to throw hands.

Monday marks the three-year anniversary of Game 3 of the Boston Celtics' 2016 first-round matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, which featured this incredible display of embellishment from Smart:

The Celtics guard -- who's been known to flop from time to time -- didn't even get the foul call after taking flight on Kyle Korver's hip check and later got hit with a $5,000 fine.

But his former C's teammate, Portland Trail Blazers swingman Evan Turner, was ready to come to Smart's defense if any sparks flew.

True teammates have each other's backs, no matter how hard they flop.

The Celtics went on to lose that series to Al Horford's Hawks, but they've come a long way since then, picking up their first series sweep since 2011 by dispatching the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

As for Smart: He'll likely be out for Boston's second-round series as he recovers from a painful oblique injury.

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Terry Rozier's prediction for Celtics-Bucks series: Plenty of trash talk

Terry Rozier's prediction for Celtics-Bucks series: Plenty of trash talk

Barring the greatest upset in NBA history, the Boston Celtics will get the chance to catch up with some old friends in the second round.

The Milwaukee Bucks, up 3-0 on the Detroit Pistons in their first-round series, need one more win to set up a date with the Celtics, who ousted them last season in a hotly-contested first-round series.

And if you ask Terry Rozier, this year's rematch will be just as hotly-contested.

"We're just gonna make it tough (for them)," Rozier said Monday morning during an appearance on ESPN's "Get Up." "We'll try to be the harder-playing team, and we're looking forward to that matchup.

"We're looking to bring some excitement to this game -- and some trash talking. A little fun."

Rozier, if you'll recall, was in the thick of last year's trash talk thanks to his beef with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe. Rozier happily fanned the flames of his back-and-forth with Bledsoe, showing up to games in an old Drew Bledsoe Patriots jersey to troll the Bucks point guard.

Rozier likely won't play as big a role on the court this series; he averaged 17.6 points per game in last year's series while filling in for starting point guard Kyrie Irving but has taken a backseat to Irving in the 2019 playoffs. But if Rozier has to play the role of instigator again, he'll happily oblige.

"As you all know, it's part of the game. So, it's going to happen," Rozier said of the jawing that goes on during playoff games. "I feel like if you love basketball, you love the competitive spirit of it, you're going to talk a little trash, you're going to have a little fun.

"... Nobody wants to lose. We definitely don't want to lose. So, whatever it takes next round."

The Celtics still have to wait for Milwaukee to dispatch Detroit -- Game 4 is Monday night -- so until then, please enjoy the best of the Rozier-Bledsoe beef:

       

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