LAS VEGAS -- While a couple more restricted free agents came off the board this weekend (Zach LaVine, Jusuf Nurkic), the Marcus Smart negotiations remained in neutral. The predictable stalemate still has time to get sorted out in the coming weeks, but it appears to be heading toward Smart signing a $6 million qualifying offer, barring him getting far more realistic with his contractual demands.
While the Smart waiting game continues, there was one other signing over the weekend that Celtics fans should take note of: Devin Booker signed a five-year, max extension with the Phoenix Suns. The deal marked the first rookie extension signed by a member of the draft class of 2015, a group that became eligible for an extension this week. Those three-year players are now free to sign a contract extension beyond their rookie deal for up to max money. Another name in that draft class? Terry Rozier.
If Smart is deadset on hitting unrestricted free agency next year by signing this qualifying offer, now may be the time for Boston to get serious on extension talks with their other young point guard.
The common theory among league executives I have spoken with in Vegas is that the Celtics