Marcus Smart hurt by Celtics

A general view of the Boston Celtics court

A general view of the Boston Celtics court

If this is a standoff, league sources said, the Celtics certainly do not view it that way. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. "But the qualifying offer is the only one he has received, and there's been no talk since free agency opened". Four days later, a Boston Celtics guard is reportedly "frustrated" with the organization over their lack of communication.

Nearly one year after the Boston Celtics shockingly dealt all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas away to the Cleveland Cavaliers - Marcus Smart is now seeing the business side of sports and he doesn't like it.

The market for restricted free agents like Smart has been soft. The Celtics and Smart's camp remained apart on contract discussions, so the Celtics were essentially waiting for Smart to have talks with other teams and potentially sign an offer sheet that they would then nearly certainly match. The Celtics can match any offer submitted from another team.

And according to someone close to the Smart camp, who requested anonymity to comment on the situation, the Celts guard is frustrated with the lack of outreach from his team.

The source also said that Smart is willing to take a one-year deal from the Celtics, but "that doesn't bode well for the Celtics if it comes down to that".

If Smart doesn't get any other offers, he'd likely have to accept the one-year, $6 million qualifying offer from the Celtics.

"He would have thought there would have been some kind of three- to four-year deal from them to show they're interested", said a member of Smart's camp, per Murphy.

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