CLEVELAND -- In wake of his first public appearance since failed to reach a contract extension, Marcus Smart did not show any frustration towards the team at Tuesday's shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Celtics and Smart reportedly dove deep into negotiations over the weekend but failed to bridge the gap before Monday's deadline. Smart will enter next offseason as a restricted free agent, giving the Celtics the ability to match any offer.
"We talked about it," Smart said. "Just, the numbers weren’t adding up, so we decided to decline the offer that was approached to us and we’ll take our chances in restricted free agency...We thought it was close from the fact that we didn’t ask for much. We didn’t ask for a max deal. We were going to take less money than what we probably are valued, and some other things, but they just weren’t budging."
Smart's planning on entering this season with some extra jump in his step after failing to wrap up some long-term security with the C's.
"It’s just as big a motivator as me playing well this year in general," Smart said. "It just makes it an even bigger year for me. Unfortunately, it’s the business. This won’t be the last time somebody is in this situation and just play it out and see how the year goes."