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Restricted free agent market shrinking for Marcus Smart and Jabari Bird

Smart isn’t the only restricted free agent feeling the heat this summer.

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As the sun rises on Day 3 of the Vegas Summer League, CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith shines some new light on Marcus Smart and Jabari Bird’s restricted free agency:

Keith’s reporting is in line with what we’ve heard the last couple of days on Marcus Smart. After being a big part of fortifying the foundation of the Celtics rebuild, this summer was supposed to be a payday for four years of blood, sweat, and tears. His reported frustration with the market and cap economics notwithstanding, this is the business of basketball and it seems likely that Smart will play the 2018-2019 season for the qualifying offer and enter unrestricted free agency next summer.

Smart, however, isn’t the only RFA that Boston is dealing with. Jabari Bird followed up a solid night on Friday with a breakout performance last night with 24 points. When free agency opened up on July 1st, there were rumors that the Timberwolves and 76ers were interested in him and a strong showing so far in Sin City should open more eyes. However, like Smart, the Celtics extended a QO to him and have the rights to match any deal he might be offered this off season. Here’s more from Keith:

Bird addressed his restricted free agency last night after his strong showing against the Nuggets: