Celtics’ Marcus Smart ‘Coveted Around the League’ Amid Trade Talks

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.


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Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics are stuck in the middle right now.

Not in terms of talent. They have one of the best rosters in the league and look primed to compete for a championship once again next season. But they are stuck in the middle of trade rumors. Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, and the Celtics have been thrust into the trade rumor mix.

Whether or not there’s any genuine interest there is unknown, although when a guy like Durant becomes available on the trade market, every team likely has to take some sort of interest. But was Jaylen Brown truly offered? Who knows?

That being said, based on reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic, it seems as though the Celtics drew the line in the sand at point guard Marcus Smart. And while Boston fans can’t seem to grasp just how valuable Smart is, NBA insider Steve Bulpett put it into perspective during a recent chat with Sean Deveney.

“It’s funny how some fans in Boston, they see Marcus Smart take two bad shots and they want him out of town. There are even some people close to the team that have similar feelings at time,” Bulpett noted. “I think those people would be amazed, the anti-Marcus people would be amazed at what his value is, how much he is coveted around the league as a guy who can come in and be a culture-changer.”

Smart is clearly appreciated league-wide far more than he is by Celtics fans at times, and that’s because of all the little things he does for the team. And, as explained