Atlantic Notes: Smart, Sixers, Fizdale

The Celtics extended their $6MM qualifying offer to Marcus Smart in the days leading up to free agency but haven’t been in touch since, Mark Murphy of The Boston Heralds writes. That’s left the 24-year-old guard feeling “hurt” and “disgusted.”

While the comments originating from a source close to Smart’s camp could be ripped straight from a Pre-MBA Negotiations 101 textbook, there could be truth to them considering that Smart just watched his significantly less accomplished draftmate Dante Exum net a three-year deal with the Jazz.

He’s just hurt and frustrated that Danny Ainge hasn’t reached out. That’s the most discouraging part of this whole thing. The last contact was a few days before free agency started,” the source said.

There’s more out of the Atlantic Division tonight:

  • The Sixers will be flush with cap space next summer, when a number of players signed to one-year deals come off their books. But, as Bobby Marks of ESPN notes, they may not get a large window to use that $42MM of projected space. In 2020, the club will be forced to pay up for restricted free agents Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.
  • While he’s always been one to play footloose and fancy free with the concept of traditional player positions, a vision Knicks boss David Fizdale shared with Marc Berman of The New York Post could be one of the most innovative yet. The head coach talked about playing Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet – both seven footers – together, with Kristaps Porzingis at the three and 6’9″ rookie Kevin Knox at the two. “Obviously, I have a crush on wingspan,” Fizdale said.
  • It’s official, Jonah Bolden, a 2017 draft-and-stash Sixers prospect, is officially on Philadelphia’s summer league roster, Derek Bodner of The Athletic tweets.
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30 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Smart, Sixers, Fizdale

  1. Dionis

    Fizdale is a joke, he’s out of New York by the end of the year.

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    • obutu

      he’s talking more than I wish, but no way he gets fired by year end,!!!

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    • bklynny67

      He’s a good coach. Based on the majority of your posts I wonder if you even watch the NBA.

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      • oriolesravenstimberwolves04

        Or are doing so on heavy medication.

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      • Dodgethis

        He watches, he just doesn’t comprehend, nor is he capable of dimensional thinking. I’m guessing this is because he’s still very young, and his brain is still developing. Based on some other posts he gives away his age. The only question is high school or junior high. Not that being a student is a bad thing, just don’t mistake him for an adult with real opinions.

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        • Natergater77

          My thing is to past judgment on Fiz now is like when people did same to D’Antoni when he was in Phoenix. You don’t see great until it’s past already, most the time.

          And no one said this was his starting line-up or one he use majority. Just an idea to get good players on the floor together. If he needs further proof that what seems illogical becomes logical, Don Nelson started the point forward craze. Letting players the size and athleticism of Lebron bring the ball up. These days it’s the norm to see but when Nellie and others employed it, they were called “gimmick artist”

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    • Dodgethis

      Said the pot to the kettle. Dionis, the longest running joke in the traderumors website family.

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      • nsideindy

        Hey tough guy – – if he’s a “student” as you state, does it make you feel good to bully him? Or are kids all that you can handle?

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      • x%sure

        I assume Dionis’ objective is to stimulate discussion, as opposed to accuracy or consistency. Or else, he could claim that after-the-fact, because his threads do go long.

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    • bravesfan88
      bravesfan88

      Is that showtime at the Apollo, or the nearest corner club’s peep show?? ….If he trots out that line-up, something tells me it is more likely to be the latter…

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      • Godgiftsjoejr

        Lol ok just watch n see the knicks start looking like a playoff team

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    • Bryzzo2016

      Haha, the Knicks have been the laughing stock of the NBA for a couple decades. Actually, they haven’t been relevant since the Bulls routinely knocked them out of the playoffs throughout the 90s. So, why not try something weird and outside the box. They’re a lottery team either way. Do they FINALLY get to keep their lottery picks? How about Brooklyn, do they get theirs moving forward? Man, it’s gotta be tough being a NY basketball fan.

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      • Spike4christ

        New should be something you should try. I think it may work well. You should dictate your style when you have lesser talent.

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  2. fungie22

    If he’s such a joke why do the players rave about him? Get your story straight

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  3. Seems very intriguing a line up with knox, KP6, Kornet & Robinson & a PG, wow definitely a mismatch for any team, maybe only Philly could put something similar. I like the idea of playing lots of height, makes a change from all the small ball we have to watch this days.

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  4. About Smart, seems to me that Ainge & Boston are not a very nice organization to play for, seems quite disrespectful to leave the man hanging around like that, shows little interest in him, if I was Marcus I would take my trade somewhere else, were I would feel more appreciated, wanted, needed & loved. Very disappointing from the Celts, not a very classy move, right?

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    • Curtisrowe

      It’s actually more that the Celtics are absolutely stacked at guard and don’t need him.

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    • MafiaBass

      They’re probably trying to work a sign and trade deal with him

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    • steve

      What? Why offer him 10mil a year when he hasn’t already gone out and signed a contract for that amount (a round about way of saying why pay him if he clearly isn’t worth it)? They offered a decent deal to him last year, he turned it down. Now he says he’s worth >15mil and can’t find a team willing to offer him anything remotely close to that amount. I also doubt he’s truly disgusted. It’s the only negotiating ploy he has, trying to sway the media and fanbase into forcing Ainges hand, which obviously isn’t much of a ploy, but truly the only one he has given that the C’s hold all the leverage. This is simply the nature of RFA

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  5. Thomar

    Ainge made the qualifying offer. Is he supposed to bid against himself? Smart is butt hurt because no team is offering him the 10-12 million he’s seeking.

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    • yaniwox

      He’s going to accept the QO and try for a better deal as an UFA next offseason. This whole situation was predictable.

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    • supercollider

      You’re right.
      The Celts in the past have said good things about Smart, and now it’s up to Smart to get an offer that Boston can match or not match. Just the way it works. Ainge shouldn’t have to massage Smart’s shoulders every Friday night. Get the offer, come back and we’ll talk. Until then, have a good summer.

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      • Natergater77

        Yeah I don’t see how it’s classless by BOS. If my former boss offered me a job with an organization and I was waiting to see if someone made me a better offer that’s on me. If anything Smart should be one to keep lines of communication open. Boston did their part, they asked him to come back with QO. Smart has sat at home waiting for another team to make an offer.

        Take the QO, help the Celtics make a run with the East being a little easier now and show you are worth more.

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  6. Thomar

    Learn to shoot better. Then maybe he will get an offer he thinks he deserves.

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    • x%sure

      When Smart does filter back to camp, and somebody tells him that… *can’t you at least shoot average???*… it will sink in.

      He plays with a pack mentality at present, but the pack is not calling, not writing!

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  7. Curtisrowe

    He is Tony Allen 2.0. Good guy to have on the team. Bad guy to overpay.

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