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Celtics still hoping to re-sign Smart

July 17 2018 1:12 AM

The Boston Celtics are still hoping to re-sign Marcus Smart.

The 24-year-old guard is a restricted free agent and the Celtics are waiting to see what offers he receives, general manager Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald on Monday.

But, Ainge said he wants Smart to return to Boston. The Celtics can match any contract Smart signs with a different team.

"Don't know. Everything is in negotiations right now. But we want Marcus back," he said, via the Boston Herald.

Smart has reportedly been frustrated by his negotiations with the Celtics. He may accept the Celtics' $6.1million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after 2018-19, according to a report from NBC Sports.

The Sacramento Kings have also been considering offering Smart a contract, a separate report from NBC Sports says.

Smart averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists in 54 appearances for Boston last season. He played 29.9 minutes per game during the Celtics' run to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were topped by the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.

Smart was selected by Boston with the sixth pick in the 2014 draft. He has averaged 9.4 points in 261 career games for the Celtics.

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