Here’s the latest on Marcus Smart’s restricted free agency

Smart is frustrated by the wait, but the Celtics have no plans to part with him.

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Marcus Smart gestures in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. –Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

After several frenetic summers, this one has been mostly quiet for the Celtics. They have thus far added just first-round pick Robert Williams and free agent guard Brad Wanamaker, and the focus has shifted almost entirely toward the status of guard Marcus Smart, a restricted free agent.

A source close to Smart said Friday that the 24-year-old guard is hurt by the Celtics’ lack of communication during free agency, and that he is “over it’’ and prepared to ultimately sign a one-year qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next season if it comes to it.

But league sources said the Celtics’ perceived lack of interest in contacting Smart was not indicative of any change in their view of the talented young guard. The Celtics and Smart’s camp remained apart on contract discussions, so the Celtics were essentially waiting for Smart to have talks with other teams and potentially sign an offer sheet that they would then almost certainly match. If this is a standoff, league sources said, the Celtics certainly do not view it that way.


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