NBA free agency rumors: Kings preparing offer sheet for Marcus Smart

By E.Jay Zarett 10 July 2018 1
NBA free agency rumors: Kings preparing offer sheet for Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart could soon have an offer sheet from the Kings.

Sacramento is preparing to offer the 24-year-old restricted free agent a contract, according to a report from NBC Sports. The Celtics can match any deal Smart signs.

Smart has reportedly been frustrated by his negotiations with the Celtics. He has been considering accepting Boston’s $6.1 million qualifying offer and becoming an unrestricted free agent after 2018-19, NBC Sports reported Saturday.

Smart averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists in 54 appearances for Boston last season. He played 29.9 minutes per game during the Celtics’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were topped by the Cavaliers in seven games.

Smart said in late May he thought his next contract should pay him $12 million to $14 million per season.

"Just for the things I do on the court that don't show up on the stat sheet,” Smart said to ESPN at the time. "You don't find guys like that. I always leave everything on the court, every game. Tell me how many other players can say that."

The Kings signed Bulls restricted free agent Zach LaVine to a four-year, $80 million offer sheet last week. But LaVine returned to Chicago after it matched the deal Sunday. 

Sacramento is also reportedly interested in Cavaliers restricted free agent Rodney Hood.

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