HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

June 18, 2014 Updates

It’s possible that things could work out just fine for Smart in the end, having only sacrificed a year’s salary last year and a couple of draft spots. And he got a year of being a college student out of the deal. “I got to enjoy things,” Smart said. “I was the first person in my family to go to a D-I college. It was interesting to me, being able to spend another year at college, it intrigued me a lot. "I just wanted to enjoy my life before I entered the NBA, the professional part of it, the business aspect of it. A lot of people don’t understand that. The NBA is more than just what you see in the playoffs and the Finals, there is a lot of business that goes into it.” Sporting News

Smart understands the criticism of his decision to return to school, but he said that most people can’t comprehend that he never really had a chance to be a kid. Growing up just south of Dallas, Smart said his neighborhood was so dangerous it sometimes resembled a war zone. He also lost an older brother to cancer 10 years ago. While, for most prospects, there is much anxiety as we head into the final days before the NBA draft, Smart remains calm. He’s dealt with enough leading up to this point. “This is not anxiety,” he said. “I have seen a lot of things that would cause anxiety. This is an opportunity. I am ecstatic about it, I am just taking it all in.” Sporting News

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Orlando Magic executives love Smart's intangibles. They value his leadership, toughness and competitiveness so much that they might select him fourth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Orlando Sentinel

June 13, 2014 Updates

Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, who watched yesterday’s workouts along with Randle, will be part of a high level backcourt session today. Gary Harris, Stauskas’ Michigan State rival, will also be on the floor along with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and UCLA’s LaVine. Boston Herald

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What’s next for each prospect that came through Sacramento on Monday? Smart, Ennis and Vonleh are apparently heading to Los Angeles for a workout with the Lakers on Wednesday. Smart has a second workout scheduled with the Orlando Magic and will make a visit to Boston as well. Ennis will also be heading down to Orlando and has workouts scheduled with Atlanta, Charlotte and Denver. The former Syracuse point guard has already worked out for the Toronto Raptors. Cowbell Kingdom

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