Celtics guard Marcus Smart was a popular name in trade talks ahead of this year’s trade deadline. While he wasn’t dealt and reportedly received assurance from Danny Ainge that he wouldn’t get traded, Smart still prepared for such a possibility.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since the trade deadline, Smart shared what he was thinking in the days leading up to Thursday.
“I think anytime you hear your name in trade talks you prepare for the worst,” Smart said following the Celtics’ win over the Thunder on Saturday. “You pray for the best, but prepare for the worst. This is seven years in for me, my name has been in trade talks every year. So it’s nothing new.”
It didn’t appear that Smart was necessarily close to being traded, but his name was thrown in reports of being included in a trade for Magic forward Aaron Gordon. The Celtics didn’t offer Smart for Gordon, though, offering a young player and a first-round pick instead, The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reported. Gordon was ultimately traded to the Nuggets.
The Celtics did make a move for a different Magic veteran, acquiring guard Evan Fournier. However, they also shipped out three players on Thursday, trading Daniel Thies, Javonte Green, and Jeff Teague.
Smart has grown accustomed to being mentioned in trade rumors and seeing teammates get moved, which he says helps prepare him if that day ever comes.
“It’s a business,” Smart said. “Sometimes you get so attached to guys, to players, to teammates, to organizations that we forget that. But we’re human. Especially when you’ve been in one place for a very long time and your name comes up in trade rumors, you definitely, like I said, just preparing for anything to happen. So, I wasn’t really concerned, but I was prepared.”
Smart and the Celtics have reeled off two straight wins since the trade deadline. In Friday’s win over the Bucks, Smart scored 23 points, making 7 of 10 3-pointers.
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