Following the Boston Celtics Game 7 loss to LeBron James and the Cavaliers Sunday night, Marcus Smart told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullen that he believes he is worth more than the $12-14 million price tag that he has been linked to for his upcoming restricted free agency.
“To be honest, I’m worth more than 12-14 million,” Smart told ESPN. “Just for the things I do on the court that don’t show up on the stat sheet. You don’t find guys like that. I always leave everything on the court, every game. Tell me how many other players can say that.”
Smart is set to become a restricted free agency on July 1st, where the Celtics can extend him a qualifying offer of about $6 million for one year. This gives them the ability to match any offer sheet Smart signs with another team if he is not able to reach an extension with the Celtics.
The Celtics had extension talks with Smart before this season, but were unable to reach an agreement because the reported amounts both sides were seeking were too far apart. Cap space is tight this summer for most NBA teams after the immense spending of two years ago, so there might not be a bigger contract out there for Smart.
Smart averaged around 10 points and five assists while shooting just under 37 percent from the field and 30 percent from three. He only played in 54 games during the regular season after missing time with two different right hand injuries, but provided tremendous value on defense and as a playmaker.
Smart’s contract situation should be one of the biggest storylines of the Celtics offseason, and we’ll update how it plays out in the coming months.