Marcus Smart blindsided by trade from Celtics

Clutch Points: “Marcus Smart last night, I can tell you for a fact, he did not see that trade coming until the [Celtics] notified him maybe 10-15 minutes before.” @ShamsCharania on Boston trading Smart to the Grizzlies 🗣 (via @PatMcAfeeShow)
Source: Twitter @ClutchPointsApp

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
New: Sources said Marcus Smart was completely shocked by last night’s trade and is still trying to process it today.
“Marcus loves Boston. He thought he was going to retire there. He wanted to retire there.”…1:12 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
LIVE: Celtics Trade Marcus Smart, Acquire Kristaps Porzingis | Garden Report Presented by @FDSportsbook, @factormeals & @AthleticGreens…12:15 PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
This 100 percent has to be Marcus Smart’s jersey in Memphis PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
“That’s two flops back to back!”
Steve Kerr about Marcus Smart in the 2022 NBA Finals PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Brian Scalabrine reacts to last night’s blockbuster trade that included the Celtics moving Marcus Smart and acquiring Kristaps Porziņģis AM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Breaking down the Marcus Smart, Kristaps Porzingis trade. From a basketball standpoint, pretty good. But throw in all the intangibles, then it gets cloudy.…11:39 AM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
My latest for @SInow: Why I really, really hate the Marcus Smart trade for Boston…11:28 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
🚨Instant Reaction🚨
@Scalabrine tells @TheFrankIsola his thought’s on last night’s Blockbuster trade that included the Celtics moving Marcus Smart and acquiring Kristaps Porzingis AM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Marcus Smart fills multiple gaps for the Grizzlies, and his addition only adds to a growing Warriors rivalry in Memphis…11:07 AM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Final pre-draft notebook @YahooSports is live, unpacking news and notes from last night’s Kristaps Porzingis-Marcus Smart-Tyus Jones trade, plus details on Paul George, De’Andre Hunter, Pascal Siakam, the Pacers, Hawks, Lakers and more:…11:05 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
This was one of my favorite stories ever to work on, mostly because it brought back my own crazy AAU basketball memories, but also because it helped explain what shaped Marcus Smart.…11:03 AM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
Would be hilarious if Marcus Smart gave an interview where he repeatedly said, “I guess Brad and Isiah wanted something different.” – 10:54 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Marcus Smart podcast. (And Kristaps Porzingis too, but mostly Smart.)…10:29 AM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
Have a column about the trade going up shortly, but one of my favorite Marcus Smart stats is that in all 9 of his NBA seasons, he’s never had a negative net rating. The Celtics always outscored their opponents with him on the court. Every year. Remarkable stuff. – 10:04 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
“I love him and I trust him.”
Marcus Smart was the heart and soul of the Celtics for nearly a decade. Now he’s gone. Brad Stevens loves him, yet made a bold move to trade him for a fringe star.
But they didn’t just trade a player. They traded a culture.…9:25 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart relished his role as the “longest tenured Celtic.” Truly sad he didn’t get to win a title here. Curious how this team will resurrect its defensive identity without its best, most voracious stopper. – 9:15 AM
Tom Ziller @teamziller
Unlocked edition of the newsletter today: on the brutal *how* of the Celtics trading Marcus Smart and what it means for the Grizzlies to get him. AM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
I think it was time for the Marcus Smart Era in Boston to end. It had run its course – especially in this system, where Smart isn’t the best fit from offensive standpoint. Career 32 percent 3-point shooter and majority of those were uncontested. Celtics will miss his toughness,… – 8:49 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
I was once asked to write a story about the heartbeat of the Celtics. I figured it must be Marcus Smart but asked around anyway. Players agreed it was Smart.
“He just embodies the Boston narrative,” Jaylen Brown told me. “He’ll fight to the end.”…8:41 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: A league source tells MassLive the Celtics are far from done after trading for Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday night. A closer look at the revamped roster and what could be on the horizon after a surprise Marcus Smart deal…7:58 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies aren’t getting Marcus Smart just to be an elite wing defender. They aren’t getting Marcus Smart to only be a backup point guard. Memphis wants Smart to do both.
Here’s a breakdown on what trading for Smart means for the Grizzlies.
Story:…7:56 AM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
The “Love and Trust” era is over. Marcus Smart and his winning plays were a common thread through the many different iterations of Boston’s banner-hunting teams. He wasn’t the superstar but he was the heartbeat.
Processing a Smart-less future:…7:54 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
That Marcus Smart montage video whenever the Grizzlies play in Boston is going to be EMOTIONAL – 7:42 AM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Let the record show that the last basket scored when Marcus Smart was on the floor as a member of the Boston Celtics was a layup by Kyle Lowry. – 7:14 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
NEW @CLNSMedia — The #Celtics traded Marcus Smart.…3:34 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Celtics trade Marcus Smart to Wizards, get Kristaps Porzingis in three-team trade…3:17 AM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast: Part 1 of NBA Draftapalooza… reacting to a shocking Celts/Grizz/Wiz trade (and the end of the Marcus Smart era in Boston) with @KevinOConnorNBA + @ryenarussillo.…2:34 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
A breakdown on the stunning trade of Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis. @DannyLeroux and I get into every aspect of this crazy deal for all 3 teams. Join us: AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
New on BSJ: Celtics get Kristaps Porzingis, draft picks, in three-team deal centered around Marcus Smart…2:02 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
I caught up with @fastbreakbreak for the Celtics trade Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis WTF pod. We broke the deal down from every angle and tried to figure out why the hell the Celtics and not the Wizards got a first?! AM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Some instant analysis on the Grizzlies’ surprise deal for Marcus Smart:…1:35 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Marcus Smart is the only Celtic in the last 30 years to play 9+ years/500 games and never miss the playoffs.
He’s one of just 10 Celtics who has ever done it.
Kevin McHale
Bill Russell
Bob Cousy
Larry Bird
Sam Jones
Bill Sharman
K.C. Jones
Tom Heinsohn
Frank Ramsey
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Marcus Smart was really the connective tissue of this Celtics era. From Isaiah to Kyrie to Tatum, he was the constant.
And he embraced being a Celtic as much as anyone. He lived it. Wild that it’s over so suddenly. – 1:17 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
A fascinating trade for the Memphis Grizzlies lands late on Wednesday night. Marcus Smart to Beale Street.
Roll the ball out, the Grizzlies look like they have a plan to begin the season. But some pretty big questions are up ahead.…1:16 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Boston just landed Kristaps Porzingis and two first-round picks, but it cost the team Marcus Smart.
We don’t know all of the deets, but here’s my break-down of a surprising deal between the Celtics, Wizards, and Grizzlies.
Via @TheCelticsWire:…1:12 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
For those who feel like the price of two first rounders was too much, Marcus Smart has 3 years left on a very team-friendly deal. This is notable with Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. expected to take up more than two-thirds of the Grizzlies’ salary cap in 2024-25. – 1:06 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Trading Marcus Smart and filler for Kristaps Porzingis and two first-round picks is a coup for the Celtics if you’re playing 2k
In the real world, trading the heartbeat of the team for a one-year rental of a sketchy, injury-prone guy is a CHOICE – 1:00 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
We’re not supposed to have favorites.
But that’s not how this, or life works.
It was an honor to spend nine years working with Marcus Smart, calling his games, and describing his often indescribable feats of will.
Will that made him the very definition of a Celtic. – 12:58 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Marcus Smart is a total badass and an unbelievably nice man. Boston just lost a titan. – 12:52 AM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
One thing the Grizzlies needed to do this summer was create some roster spots. They add one by trading Tyus Jones and #25 for Marcus Smart.
Another big thing is pursuing a new starting wing. They still have all 7 of their own first-round picks and could trade up to four of them. – 12:49 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Trade exception from the Green-Temple-Bradley trade led to much bigger exception from Conley trade which led to Iguodala trade into the exception and Warriors pick, which led to Marcus Smart. – 12:47 AM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Marcus Smart 🤝 Ja Morant
Now THIS will be a duo 😅 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies are taking their big swing by acquiring Marcus Smart to fill both the backup point guard and elite wing defender roles vacated by Tyus Jones and Dillon Brooks.…12:44 AM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
Maybe the Grizzlies gave up one too many picks in this Marcus Smart trade, but they did get better tonight.…12:42 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Acquiring Marcus Smart is big for the Grizzlies while Ja Morant is suspended. This allows the Grizzlies to roll out a potential starting lineup of:
G – Smart
G – Luke Kennard
F – Desmond Bane
F – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Steven Adams
Smart guards the top wing scorer. Huge. – 12:39 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Per sources, here’s the full deal breakdown
Celtics get: Kristaps Porzingis, No. 25 pick in 2023 NBA Draft, 2024 Warriors first-round pick (top-4 protected)
Wizards get: Tyus Jones, Danilo Gallinari, Mike Muscala, No. 35 pick in 2023 Draft
Grizzlies get: Marcus Smart – 12:33 AM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
That sure is a lot to give up for Marcus Smart – 12:30 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Clippers-Wiz team fell apart at 10:15 or so this evening
Previously convos with Grizzlies around Marcus Smart came back into the fold after that point – 12:29 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
The Celtics are reportedly trading Marcus Smart to Memphis as part of a larger blockbuster to land Kristaps Porzingis
Via @TheCelticsWire…12:28 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Dont want to overstate it, but Marcus Smart was an all-time guy in Boston. Community staple. Lived on the hardwood. Motor never stopped. Played hurt constantly. Became a strong playmaker and led a ‘22 Finals team at point & historic defense. You always thought he’d raise a banner – 12:27 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
i dont know when or how but i can confidently predict marcus smart is going to be setting a screen at some point, sell contact like crazy, flail into the paint, and get dunked into middle earth by an already mid-air ja. and we will all have a chuckle. – 12:26 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
(Last 30 years)
1102 – Paul Pierce
552 – Antoine Walker
527 – Rajon Rondo – 12:20 AM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Marcus Smart will pick up an extra $1M (spread out over 4 seasons) with the trade to Memphis.
Smart had a trade bonus that was the lesser of $1M or 15% of his remaining salary.
He has 3 years left on his contract:
23-24: $18.8M
24-25: $20.2M
25-26: $21.6M
Includes the bonus – 12:17 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
New look Grizzlies:
Ja Morant
Marcus Smart
Desmond Bane
Jaren Jackson Jr
Steven Adams
How many NBA starting 5s are better? AM
Ja Morant and Marcus Smart are now teammates 👀 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I like Marcus Smart on the Grizzlies but they still really need more scoring/initiating. It’s great if there’s another big move coming but if that was it I don’t get it. – 12:15 AM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Lot of Malcolm Brogdon and Payton Pritchard trade rumors, only for Marcus Smart to be the guard actually moved. The Celtics and this front office will definitely stun you. – 12:15 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think people are slightly overrating what Boston got for Marcus Smart. Quality matters more than quantity with picks.
Yes, it’s two first. But one of them is No. 25 overall (and costs them No. 35) and the other comes from Stephen Curry’s team. Those aren’t great picks. – 12:15 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I do like Tyus Jones, but the Wizards are completely blowing it up and getting nothing but expiring contracts and maybe like half a pick swap outta all this. Meanwhile the Celtics just landed two first-rounders for Marcus Smart, this is high comedy – 12:13 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
3-pointers: 4th
Steals: 4th
Assists: 11th
Scoring at TD Garden: 7th
Playoff appearances: 100% (9/9) t-1st – 12:13 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
There is no way I’m the first person to make this observation but Marcus Smart is the most spiritually 2011-15 Grizzlies player in the league currently. – 12:12 AM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
All Xs and Os aside, Marcus Smart in a diff jersey is gonna be so weird. He was in rumors and stuff for yrs, but Ive never been able to picture him in anything but green. – 12:12 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New from @SouichiTerada and I: Instant analysis on the Celtics pivoting to dealing Marcus Smart to pull off the Kristaps Porzingis trade…12:10 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Of all the things Marcus Smart did in his near-decade in Boston, one thing that truly stood out was his generosity to children with cancer.
This was my feature on how he worked to improve life for kids stuck living in the hospital:… AM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
The Grizzlies going from Dillon Brooks to Marcus Smart AM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Wow – Tyus Jones and two first rounders for Marcus Smart? – 12:09 AM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Grizzlies have a very sharp front office led by Zach Kleiman. So I was trying to figure out why the heck they would trade Tyus Jones with all the Ja drama. Then came Marcus Smart and that answered that. – 12:05 AM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
Celtics are still short $3.3M in a Marcus Smart and Danilo Gallinari package to match for Kristaps Porzingis. – 12:05 AM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Source confirms Wizards will get Tyus Jones from the Grizzlies as part of the resurrected trade sending Kristaps Porziņģis to Boston and Marcus Smart to Memphis (@wojespn first). Washington gets one of the best backup PGs in the league. – 12:05 AM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
The Celtics must’ve REALLYYYYY wanted Kristaps Porzingis to include Marcus Smart in the deal – 12:05 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart spent the first nine seasons of his career in Boston. He never missed the playoffs with the Celtics even after initially joining a 25-57 team. Heck of a tenure with Boston. Would have continued, too, in the other framework of the trade. – 12:02 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Marcus Smart as a Celtic:
— 10.6 PPG
— 4.6 APG
— 1.6 SPG
Top 3 in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers for the Celtics since being drafted in 2014. AM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Memphis fans are going to absolutely LOVE Marcus Smart. What a perfect fit. – 12:02 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
A league source confirms that Marcus Smart is being sent to the Grizzlies in the revamped deal for Kristaps Porzingis. A stunner. – 12:02 AM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Marcus Smart doesn’t seem like the fella Celtics fans wanted to see moved to make Kristaps happen. – 12:01 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Marcus Smart about to singlehandedly bring back Grit-N-Grind in Memphis – 12:01 AM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Boston is trading Marcus Smart to Memphis, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 11:59 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Celtics are trading Marcus Smart to the Grizzlies as part of deal, sources tell ESPN. – 11:59 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Celtics most used lineup last year with Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum
Was with Marcus Smart and Al Horford (-4.2 net in 110 regular season minutes, +28.0 net in 87 postseason minutes) – 7:16 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Celtics new roster:
Kristaps Porzingis
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Derrick White
Marcus Smart
Al Horford
Robert Williams
Top __ squad in the NBA. PM

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