LAS VEGAS — The Nets met with Celtics restricted free agent Marcus Smart on Monday. Now the query is how a lot curiosity the edges have in one another.
While the Nets performed a summer season league sport Monday evening at Cox Pavilion, Brooklyn normal supervisor Sean Marks was taking part in a special sport. He was noticed having a dialog with Smart and his reps within the night at Thomas & Mack Center. Basketball Insider tweeted a photograph of the meeting.
Smart and agent Happy Walters are taking conferences in Las Vegas, in response to the Boston Globe. And in response to a league supply, the combo guard is now keen to take a wage beneath $15 million per season.
But the Nets, even after getting again simply over $5 million in Dwight Howard’s buyout, don’t have that a lot cash. And would they assume it smart to spend it on Smart even when they did?
The Nets have a little bit beneath $11 million to spend, and Smart informed ESPN that he’s price $12 million to $14 million. Even if the Nets managed to create some extra cap area and get Smart to ink a suggestion sheet, there nonetheless are hurdles.
They would have to sit down round ready for 2 full days to see if the Celtics matched. Granted, having signed Otto Porter Jr., Tyler Johnson and present Net Allen Crabbe to supply sheets exhibits Marks isn’t shy about going the RFA route.
But the better concern is that any deal would have to be for a minimum of two years.
Seemingly each transfer that Marks has made has been with an eye fixed towards creating 2019 cap area and positioning the Nets to supply two max contracts.
Would Marks actually eat into that NBA-high $70 million in cap area already, figuring out he nonetheless has a choice to make on guard D’Angelo Russell?
It needs to be famous that Smart has been “hurt and disgusted” by the best way Boston has dealt with his restricted free company, with the Celtics extending him a $6 million qualifying supply.
The Nets may actually give him a much bigger supply, one that may ship the top-heavy Celtics — who already have Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward combining to make $80 million subsequent season — into the tax. Of course, the cynic may posit Smart was being savvy, sending the Celtics a message to shake some extra change of out GM Danny Ainge.