HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

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

June 26, 2014 Updates

It was the first question that came to the mind of most Celtics fans when the team selected Marcus Smart with their first first-round pick Thursday night – what does this mean for Rajon Rondo? Well, according to owner Wyc Grousbeck, the answer is not much at all. The reason for Grousbeck’s public stance is head coach Brad Stevens, who proved through a 25-win season that he could handle most of what Rondo could throw at any first-year head coach. “It’s interesting, that wasn’t a topic of conversation tonight,” Grousbeck said. “We have confidence in Brad that he can manage a roster but we also had confidence that of the “Top 6″ we were going to take the best available as opposed to trying to slot in. That’s a strategy when you’re rebuilding a team, you take the best available athlete and then you let it all work out. We’ve got an all-star point guard so that’s not a question here.” WEEI.com

Teams have long called the Celtics to inquire about whether Rondo was available in a deal, but league sources said that teams will be calling even more now that the Celtics have Smart. “They will come after Rondo for sure,” one source said. Said another source, speaking of Rondo: “I think he will be on the move.” Boston Globe

June 25, 2014 Updates
June 24, 2014 Updates

If “advanced stats” have yet to demonstrate they’re anything more than trendy in the NBA, they’re part of the countdown to Thursday’s draft. Not that the numbers have been wiggy but they are to mainstream NBA thought what the Marx Brothers comedies were to the 1930s. “They literally have Marcus Smart as the best player in this draft,” says an Eastern Conference GM, who, along with 29 other teams, doesn’t have Smart in his top three. Forbes.com

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