It’s evident that Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are focused on building their team around Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both players are locked up for years to come, and now it’s a matter of building a team around them that’s good enough to raise another banner in Boston.
Besides Brown and Tatum, nobody on the team is untouchable, including the heart and soul of the Celtics Marcus Smart. According to The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Boston could still end up trading away Marcus Smart.
“But the Celtics are still centered by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, now both signed to long-term extensions, with Marcus Smart (who’s not ungettable, per league sources) and Kemba Walker back in strong support roles,” Aldridge wrote.
This rumor isn’t saying that Boston is looking to trade Marcus Smart. This rumor is telling us that Smart can be dealt at the right price.
Boston fans know how Danny Ainge is. Ainge isn’t afraid to make the best possible moves to make the Celtics better. He wasn’t afraid of trading the #1 pick to drop down to #3 and draft Jayson Tatum. He wasn’t afraid of trading away fan-favorite Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving. As much as Boston loves Smart, Ainge could still rip our hearts out by trading him.
Let me make this clear: Marcus Smart isn’t getting traded anytime soon. In fact, I don’t know if Danny Ainge would ever trade Smart. Smart brings so much to the table and does things on the court that you simply cannot teach. He out hustles and outworks everybody when he’s on the court and is hands-down one of the best defenders in the entire league.
Marcus Smart doesn’t always have the sexiest box score, but his impact on the game doesn’t show up in the stat sheets. His fierce competitiveness elevates his teammates and makes those around him work harder. Marcus Smart is the glue that keeps the team together and is truly the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics.
Take this rumor with the tiniest grain of salt because we all know how valuable Marcus Smart is to the Boston Celtics. If Smart were ever to be traded, he would be apart of a blockbuster deal for a star player. Ainge wouldn’t just trade Smart to trade him. He’s smarter than that, no pun intended.
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