By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Marcus Smart began his career with the Boston Celtics. He was recently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Smart claims that the Celtics lied to his face. He is not happy with his former employer.
He spent nine seasons with the Celtics before the trade. He was the 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
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Smart believes that he was “blindsided” by the trade.
“I went to the gym (the) next day (after the trade) to get my stuff, talked to Brad and Joe,” he said to CLNS Media. “It was definitely shocking to find out that way, especially because the week before, I was already told we were good, there were no trade talks with me and we were good. I understand the business side of it, I’ve always been like that. I’m the first one to tell anyone, you can’t mix personal with business, it just doesn’t mix. I understand it’s a business.
“For me, it’s just the courtesy. They probably already knew they were thinking about trading me, they had this trade in their back pocket just in case something else didn’t happen. And for me, it’s just the simple fact, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about trading you, most likely we’ll trade you, just letting you know, thank you’. Especially with telling me the week before, my house flooding, and having to deal with that. It was a whole lot at once.”
Smart is expected to be the Grizzlies’ starting point guard. He was acquired to help the team offset the discipline from the NBA on Ja Morant.
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The young star is suspended by the league for 25 games after being seen in a live stream with a gun. This was his second incident involving a gun in a video since March.
Smart has made 360 starts in his career. He is averaging 10.6 points per game.
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