Celtics

Source: Marcus Smart sign-and-trade is ‘very unlikely’

(USA Today Sports)

LAS VEGAS -- The Marcus Smart free agency saga is quickly approaching the three-week mark, and a fresh batch of reports are now making the rounds about possible suitors for the point guard.

Two days after Smart and his agent Happy Walters were seen meeting with Nets general manager Sean Marks in the upper deck of Thomas and Mack Arena, Yahoo Sports reported on Thursday that the Nets and Grizzlies have inquired about a sign-and-trade possibility with the Celtics guard.

The idea of a sign-and-trade is a welcome development from Smart’s standpoint. Since only four teams (Brooklyn, Sacramento, Atlanta, Chicago) have more cap room than the mid-level exception to maneuver with, a sign-and-trade would seemingly open the door for more lucrative opportunities elsewhere for Smart (since the C’s can sign Smart for any amount with their Bird Rights and then trade him as long as the deal is three-plus years).

However, a source indicated to BostonSportsJournal.com that a sign-and-trade involving Smart