Taking stock of the Marcus Smart saga around the league

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LAS VEGAS -- The Marcus Smart free agency saga has taken center stage in Las Vegas over the past couple days as the point guard is one of the few notable names left on the open market.

With all kinds of reports out there, it’s tough to tell what to believe and where things are headed. To make better sense of it all, BostonSportsJournal.com polled multiple league executives and observers over the past couple days to try to separate fact from fiction in the increasingly public negotiations. Here are the most important points to remember along with exclusive insight to keep in mind as the positioning from both sides continues:  

1) Don’t buy much into the Smart/Nets chatter: There was plenty of hoopla about Brooklyn after Smart and his reps were spotted with general manager Sean Marks in Thomas and Mack Arena on Tuesday morning.