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Chasing Marcus Smart in Las Vegas

The CelticsBlog Pod journeys west where Chris Grenham and the Celts beat were on their feet in pursuit of answers on the ongoing Smart free agency.

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Chris Grenham — SB Nation

CelticsBlog Podcast Episode 44:

Sandwiched between two opposite reports that the Kings could step into the Marcus Smart free agency interest pool, all eyes latched on to the Celtics’ guard surprisingly present in Las Vegas. With members of his representation nearby, C’s media members gave chase through the halls of Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

According to Chris Grenham, Smart shared exchanges with Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge. Later Steve Bulpett reported his interest in getting this contract situation over with. Perhaps his motivation for arriving at UNLV. Then Jay King and Adam Himmelsbach affirmed earlier reports that Smart’s received little indication on a contract resolution.

That awakening from several weeks of restful silence on the Celtics news front paired with a mildly concerning report of an artery condition in Robert Williams’ leg that has the team cautiously overseeing his health while he sits out at NBA Summer League. Williams played only six minutes in his debut and hasn’t played since what was originally ruled a knee contusion. He isn’t ruled out yet, but is approaching that point.

Then Jaylen Brown showed up on the scene, telling The Undefeated that he wasn’t above the Summer League even entering his third NBA season. He said he hoped to play in a game, but all indications are he will not despite his arrival in the team’s tunnel alongside Danny Ainge.

It’s becoming easy to count off where every member of the Celtics currently is with the massive presence in Vegas plus Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving schooling youngsters at a basketball camp. Those blocks and crossovers cost $400 to get laid on them.

All that with Grenham in Episode 44 of the CelticsBlog Podcast live from Las Vegas, NV. Stay tuned with Bill Sy, Keith Smith and him in LV for the entirety of Summer League and subscribe to the CelticsBlog Pod on iTunes and Stitcher.

Comic con of NBA, overwhelming place (0:00)

Marcus Smart chase (3:15)

Kings offer (4:30)

Vegas encounters: Cuban, Ballmer, Silver, Fultz (7:32)

Jabari Bird (10:00)

Summer League (11:38)

Jaylen Brown in Summer League? (12:34)

Robert Williams (14:22)

Semi Ojeleye (17:24)

”More likely to happen when they’re all in the same place”

Is there a Smart replacement? (21:22)