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Marcus Smart: 'I'm worth more than $12-14 million'

Rob Bradford
May 28, 2018 - 11:00 am

The potential trickiest decision of the Celtics' offseason is off to an interesting start.

Marcus Smart, fresh off a 1-for-10 shooting performance from the field in his team's Game 7 Eastern Conference finals loss, offered the first hint at what he might be looking for when it comes to a new contract just moments after the Celtics' elimination.

"To be honest, I'm worth more than $12-14 million," Smart told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. "Just for the things I do on the court that don't show up on the stat sheet. You don't find guys like that. I always leave everything on the court, every game. Tell me how many other players can say that."

Few would argue that Smart's value is based on intangibles that are difficult to measure. But there are also issues that come with the guard's game which won't support his cause, such as the 22 percent 3-point shooting percentage he finished with for the Eastern Conference finals.

Some of the struggles, he pointed out, could be traced to the torn ligament in his right thumb.

"I don't like to make excuses," he told ESPN, "but my thumb is killing me. My whole right hand hurts."

Smart heads into the offseason as a restricted free agent, with the Celtics eligible to make a qualifying offer of nearly $6.1 million, while maintaining the ability to match any offer made by another club. The guard could also ultimately accept the qualifying offer, play out the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

The 24-year-old averaged 10.4 points and 29.9 minutes per game this season.

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