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Marcus Smart is one of the few, if not only, Celtics to be thought of as untouchable regarding trade rumors coming into the offseason. The team was reportedly very high on his first season's production, and even more so on his potential second year production.

Then rumors started to swirl about Smart being dealt to Philly in a package for Nerlens Noel and the number 3 pick. That rumor has been denied by the Celtics, but still gave the impression that Smart is now available.

The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach tweeted earlier that his sources say for a team to lure Smart, their offer would have to blow away the Celtics.
@AdamHimmelsbach: Source says Celtics have indicated that to part with Marcus Smart they "would have to be blown away" by an opportunity.

What exactly would blow the Celtics away? According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the "upper reaches of the lottery" would do it.
@ESPNSteinLine: Whispers getting louder that the Celtics are willing to surrender prized guard Marcus Smart if it gets them in upper reaches of lottery

If anyone knows Smart and his situation I would expect it to be Himmelsbach, as he has recently penned two great pieces on Smart for the Globe. One on Smart's readiness for a big second year, and another on the Celtics multi year investigation into his life and character prior to drafting him.

Either way, the Smart situation is like we all probably thought it was. He's technically tradeable, but far from being shopped. The Celtics and Ainge love this kid, but they won't let that love stand in the way of a big deal.



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Chris Thompson 6/25/2015 02:53:00 PM Edit
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