HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

October 8, 2014 Updates

Dribble penetration was a major issue for the Celtics last season, but Smart’s ability to move through screens should allow Boston’s often-undersized back line to stay at home instead of scrambling with help. And Smart is active with his hands, which helped him generate three steals Monday while disrupting passing lanes. “I’ve coached a lot of really bright guys at a lot of different ages. Very, very, very few at 20 years old can see the game and react to the game defensively like that,” Stevens said of Smart. “He has the ability to react athletically, too. He can really move. He’s very physical. I’ve said this before, he was really well coached, and combine that with the fact that he’s got a good savvy for the game.” ESPN.com

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Marcus’s first love was football — he played strong safety and wide receiver — but when Todd died, Marcus switched to basketball. “What happened with him kind of intensified the game for me even more,” he says. “Basketball became my love.” He is often told he shares an uncanny resemblance to Todd on the court, with his aggressive style, but Marcus says he does not understand how that is possible. He says he never had a chance to study Todd’s play; a house fire destroyed Todd’s game footage. But Marcus honors Todd with his all-out effort, a trait that coaches have praised for years. “I’ve always played hard,” Marcus says. “That’s how I was raised. But now I’m playing more with a purpose. Now I’m playing not just for myself, I’m playing for my brother, for my family. I’m going to go out there and give it all I have, because he gave it all he had for 18 years, and he lost his battle. I don’t want to lose my battle.” Boston Globe

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MassLive: You were in Orlando for Summer League. What were your impressions of Marcus Smart? Walter McCarty: I thought he did a really good job. It gave us an opportunity to see what he can do, what he needs to grow into, but he did some real nice things, and we were very happy with him. He’s a worker, and I think he’s going to have a tremendous first season. MassLive: He's a nasty defender. McCarty: He is. He can do a lot of things. We know he can defend, and we’ll want him on the floor to get some of that stuff rub off on everybody else. Booth Newspapers

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The Celtics are privately thrilled that Marcus Smart has been invited to participate for the USA Select Team that will train against Team USA for the next few weeks as it prepares for the FIBA World Cup that begins Aug. 30 in Spain. Although Smart impressed coaches with how hard he played and his offensive development as summer league progressed, the USA Select experience will give Smart a head start over other rookies as training camp approaches. Chicago’s Doug McDermott was the other rookie invited. Boston Globe

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adidas has quietly established the best group of rookies of the 2014 NBA Draft class. With Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum already in the fold, adidas got even richer by adding two more lottery picks to their roster: Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart. Sources confirmed to SLAM that both Embiid and Smart have signed contracts with adidas. Exact terms were not disclosed, but it was confirmed that both contracts will be multi-year deals. SLAM

July 10, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced the signings of their two rookie first round picks Marcus Smart and James Young Thursday night. Smart was the no. 6 selection in the 2014 NBA Draft and Young was drafted no. 17 by Boston. Boston Globe

July 8, 2014 Updates

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on draft night that picking Smart means nothing for Rondo, and he’s maintained that stance. Rondo takes a similar position on the matter. “I don’t think nothing of it,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “I am who I am.” Boston Globe

July 1, 2014 Updates

Celtics 2014 Draft Picks Marcus Smart and James Young will join current Celtics Kelly Olynyk, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb as members of the Celtics entrant to the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League. They are joined on the roster by 2013 Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson, European veterans O.D. Anosike, Dairis Bertans, Edwin Jackson and rookie free agents Mike Moser, Devin Oliver and Daniel Coursey. NBA.com

June 28, 2014 Updates

Kelly Olynyk will join rookies Marcus Smart and James Young on the Celtics' summer league team, which will probably resemble the Celtics' regular NBA-league team. The Celtics begin the Orlando league with a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 5. Boston Globe

June 27, 2014 Updates

Danny Ainge tried to put an end to those questions Thursday night by indicating moving Rondo was not in the team's plans. Ainge responded with a simple 'yes' when asked if the team will move forward with their veteran point guard on the roster. Instead of talking about moving Rondo, Ainge was adamant in stating he thinks Rondo, Smart, and Avery Bradley can all play together. "[Smart's] a very versatile player," Ainge said. "Easily those guys can play together. I think they would really thrive playing together, all of them." Boston Globe

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