Former Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart could be on his way out in Boston.
According to reports, the Celtics have been trying to clear space to sign free agent Gordon Hayward. Among the players Boston is shopping is Marcus Smart.
Sources told ESPN that Boston has discussed trade concepts involving Smart, Crowder and Bradley with at least half a dozen teams on Wednesday.
Now a new report from the New York Post reveals that the Knicks are trying to land Smart.
According to the article, New York expects to have about $15 million in cap space that they are looking to fill through trades. The Knicks are looking for youth and defensive ability. Smart checks both of those boxes.
He has made a reputation, both at OSU and during his three years in Boston, as a rugged defender who enjoys a challenge.
he has been deployed at times guarding the 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis when the Celtics play the Knicks. After effectively guarding Porzingis after one contest, Celtics coach Brad Stevens remarked it was “kinda crazy, but [Smart] likes those types of challenges.”
The former Cowboy is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, at $4,538,020 and is eligible for an extension.
Smart was selected No. 6 overall by Boston in 2014. Last season, Smart averaged 10.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds and started 24 games.
During his two years at OSU, Smart averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, and was named the Big 12 player of the year his freshman season.