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Sacramento asked for Marcus Smart in Harrison Barnes talks

Smart could bring a pretty significant culture change to Sacramento.

According to Chris Forsberg of NBCS Boston, the Sacramento Kings asked for Marcus Smart as part of the package for veteran wing Harrison Barnes in recent negotiations. Clearly, those initial overtures were rejected, although there is still time left for the two teams to re-engage and hammer out an agreement, especially if the Celtics miss out on Aaron Gordon.

Sacramento being interested in a player of Smart's caliber should come as no surprise, especially when considering the recent reports that Monte McNair has been unenthused by Boston's reported offers of young players and first round picks. For the Kings, Smart would represent the exact kind of bull-headed, refuse-to-die defender that they have been missing since the days of Ron Artest, and he could also step in as an immediate replacement stopper on the wing, although he's more of a 1-2-3, as opposed to Barnes' 3-4 role.

Some may view such a maneuver as a win-now move, rather than a reset around De'Aaron Fox, but Smart is also nearly two years younger than Barnes, having recently turned 27, slightly younger than potential core piece Richaun Holmes. He's currently locked up through the 2021-2022 season, due to make a hair over $14 million next year, and his difference in salary from Barnes would grant the Kings plenty of room to re-sign their starting center this offseason.

Of course, there is a concern that Smart could walk after next season, as he's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, but the Kings could offer him an extension this summer, and they would also inherit his full bird rights, allowing them to go over the salary cap to retain his services in the future. And even if Sacramento lost Smart to another team, a year-and-a-half of his culture-setting ways could do quite a bit for a team lacking in winning habits.

Boston's disinterest in moving Smart is understandable, but General Manager Danny Ainge has to be feeling the pressure to make a move at the deadline, as the Celtics have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league this season. He has the power to acquire nearly any player in the league with his massive traded player exception from the Gordon Hayward trade, which allows the Celtics to take in a huge amount of salary without sending any money back to another team, but the Kings and Celtics could potentially work around that concept.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report recently shared that the Celtics are considered the top suitor for Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica, and he also mentioned that Boston would consider adding Bjelica to a Barnes deal, or they may trade for him separately. If that is, in fact, the case, and if Smart is truly on the block, the two teams could come to an agreement without involving Boston's coveted TPE. Tristan Thompson has somewhat worn out his welcome with the Celtics, and a basic package of Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica for Marcus Smart and Tristan Thompson works perfectly salary-wise, while the two teams would still likely need to quibble about any other sort of compensation going either way. Danny Ainge could reset his roster and save his TPE for the offseason, while the Kings could add a hopeful core piece in Marcus Smart.

The two organizations are running a bit short on time to work out a deal, as the NBA trade deadline expires on Thursday afternoon at noon Pacific Time.

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andy_sims
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March 24, 2021 10:43 am

Smart for Barnes would be a fair trade, which is why I assume that Ainge won’t consider it.

I do love his game, and his leadership. Saying he’d be a good fit here is a bit silly, since players like him fit anywhere, but that would be a real win if Barnes is to go.

Your other idea of including Bjelica and Thompson also makes a lot of sense from our perspective, but I would think that the Celtics would also see the benefit.

One day left!

Last edited 1 year ago by andy_sims
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March 24, 2021 10:55 am
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Smart for Barnes straight across would not be a good move for the Kings.

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March 24, 2021 10:57 am
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Ehh..what more would you want?

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March 24, 2021 11:02 am
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Add Nesmith or their 1st

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March 24, 2021 2:23 pm
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“I would like the trade to be very lopsided in the Kings’ favor.”

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March 24, 2021 5:29 pm
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Amen…

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March 24, 2021 11:02 am
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I agree, we would need another asset coming back

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March 24, 2021 3:11 pm
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Agreed. Thompson does little for me.

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March 24, 2021 11:32 am
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It also creates an easier path to retain Holmes:

his difference in salary from Barnes would grant the Kings plenty of room to re-sign their starting center this offseason.

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March 24, 2021 1:49 pm
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Agreed. If we don’t draft Luka because of Fox, don’t see why we trade for Marcus Smart. That would be a deal straight from the Department of Redundancy Department.

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March 24, 2021 3:48 pm
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Screw it .. it’s Time .. Blow it up .. Bagley for Luka straight up .. make it happen!

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March 24, 2021 11:14 am
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Curious what we’re comparing here? I think overall they are pretty even (as far as impact), but Smart’s younger and less expensive.

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March 24, 2021 11:19 am
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You left out the most important part, Better? No. Also not much younger and not much less expensive.

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March 24, 2021 11:23 am

To be precise, two years younger and about $6 million cheaper next season.

Nobody knows how much Ainge’s desperation (if there is any desperation) adds in here, but I bet most GMs see Smart as a better basketball player/asset than Harrison Barnes.

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March 24, 2021 11:38 am
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I guess it depends on how you view the value of these contracts. I doubt Smart would be thrilled to come to the Kings and then you’re faced with a contract decision after next season. So at that point can you sign him (should you want to) for less than $18 mil which is what Barnes will be making. Idk Smart is a little younger but he looks like he has more mileage on that body, just a subjective observation on that one.

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March 24, 2021 11:47 am

To be fair, you’d be hard-pressed to find any player in the league who wouldn’t be disappointed about being traded to the Kings. That shouldn’t be even thought about when analyzing trades.

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March 24, 2021 12:15 pm
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True for the most part but I can tell you for sure Aaron Gordon would be thrilled to come to Sacramento. I don’t think KHFC has enough in her trade proposal to get Aaron but I think the two combined trades are the right line of thinking.

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March 24, 2021 11:46 am

I’d disagree. Barnes is having by far the best season of his career and it’s merely “above average”. Which isn’t too impressive considering what we’re paying for that privilege. I’d take mediocre offense, younger, cheaper and upgraded defense any day.

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March 24, 2021 12:04 pm
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This argument is really superfluous because Barnes for Smart straight across isn’t going to happen. Ainge I think wants roster improvement now for a stretch run. Throwing Smart out there is just gorilla dust IMO. I think he’s likely to part with Langford, Nesmith and his first round pick. All assets that don’t affect his current roster. See my prediction.

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March 24, 2021 12:13 pm
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Check that smart defense this year. Don’t just go on previous experience

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March 24, 2021 12:37 pm
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I think most metrics would show Smart as still a plus defender, although that Boston defense has been disappointing overall.

Barnes has the third most minutes played on a roster that has been arguably one of the worst defenses in modern NBA history.

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March 24, 2021 12:47 pm
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Barnes has the third most minutes played on a roster that has been arguably one of the worst defenses in modern NBA history.

It’s interesting that this is the case, and yet the Kings aren’t at the absolute bottom in Net Rtg (at least according to B-Ref, I haven’t checked NBA.com) because their offense isn’t so horrible they can’t win. Does Harrison Barnes deserve any credit for any of that?

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March 24, 2021 12:56 pm
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I would cool it with these cherry picked stats. I could say this lineup Fox, Buddy, Haliburton, Barnes, Holmes has a very positive net rating so Barnes must be adding something to the overall performance. What do all these defensive metrics mean in a vacuum. Defenses switch constantly and to measure one on one is very difficult. I don’t need stats to tell me Buddy’s off ball defense is beyond atrocious and Bagley’s is a big time work in progress. When I watch, edge to Smart on Defense but edge to Barnes on most aspects of offense.

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March 24, 2021 1:42 pm
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Haliburton appears to have some potential at the defensive end, but Hield and Fox both are pretty terrible in most aspects of individual and team defense. Smart would help in that regard, especially if we could move Hield.

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March 24, 2021 1:58 pm
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i agree with you regarding Haliburton and Smart.

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March 24, 2021 1:40 pm
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Was just focused on the defense, but no argument that Barnes has played well this season.

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March 24, 2021 1:16 pm
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Barnes also played a lot with buddy and Bagley, horrific defenders

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March 24, 2021 1:40 pm
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Barnes plays a lot with everyone. Again, he’s third in minutes on the roster (and not far behind Fox and Hield in that category).

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March 24, 2021 1:55 pm
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I was comparing to whom smart plays with, not within the kings roster

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March 24, 2021 1:14 pm
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Far less effective offensively, plays a position we are more established at than barnes, smarts defense has fallen off some and can’t guard guys that barnes can. Smart not as healthy, contract coming up sooner without rights.

Big fat ass no from me if it’s straight up

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March 24, 2021 1:38 pm
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Your first point is well taken, however our roster doesn’t really need him for his offense. And I’m not certain I’d agree that his defense has fallen off (from any type of mileage/physical issues). The Kings would have his Bird Rights as well (per the article).

This would require moving on from Buddy, and hopefully McNair will figure out a way to make that happen. But there’s 96 minutes in the backcourt, and I’d be perfectly happy going forward in the future with Fox/Hali and Smart eating the bulk of those minutes.

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March 24, 2021 1:57 pm
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You’ve stated many times that buddy is untradable.

So how do you square idk near 50% of cap or more invested in just the two guard spots?

It doesn’t make sense to flip them straight up unless we get a real additional asset

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March 24, 2021 2:00 pm
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You’ve started many times that buddy is untradable.

wut

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March 24, 2021 10:44 am

another data point that suggests this team is threading the needle. Also, if the Kings were to trade for Smart, then they could move Buddy to the super 6th man role he’s ultimately destined to fulfill.

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March 24, 2021 10:53 am
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at this point Buddy is just a chucker to me. being on the 2nd unit would get him more of his favorite thing:
Shots shots shots shots shots
Shots shots shots shots shots
Shots shots shots shots shots
Shots

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March 24, 2021 10:56 am
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he did not do that when he was the 6th man last season. He played some of his best basketball in that role.

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March 24, 2021 12:05 pm
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I agree with that.

and 2 years ago he played even better than last year. IMO he peaked already and can no longer shoot anything but 3s effectively. He surely can’t/won’t defend against starting nba guards. I don’t know how much of his regression to being only a 3 point threat is coaching/scheme related but to me that’s what he has become.

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March 24, 2021 1:23 pm
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honestly, I believe Buddy just has a mindset issue. He’ll be productive as soon as he accepts his role.

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March 24, 2021 1:30 pm
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Aw – you’ve solved it, he can’t and doesn’t understand defense because he won’t accept his role. Man, that’s a beauty.

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March 24, 2021 2:10 pm
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huh?

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March 24, 2021 11:03 am
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They could already move him to that role…

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March 24, 2021 1:53 pm
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Because … he was totally all for it last year?

There is no scenario in which Buddy will willingly play sixth man on a team coached by Luke Walton.

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March 24, 2021 2:09 pm

I mean I doubt he’ll just hold out and get fined instead.

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March 24, 2021 3:29 pm

Or Dave Joerger. Or whoever the next coach is. Time to move on from Buddy.

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March 24, 2021 10:47 am

Finally some evidence that Monte is a Smart guy!

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March 24, 2021 10:52 am
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This is the kind of deal I can get behind. I wasn’t very enthused with the other offers I was hearing about but getting back Smart would be something Kings fans would absolutely love.

With that being said, Boston says no.

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March 24, 2021 11:15 am
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Yeah, I’m curious what else would need to go along with a Barnes for Smart deal.

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March 24, 2021 12:26 pm
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As am I, actually.

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March 24, 2021 1:18 pm
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If we gave more then we got robbed

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March 24, 2021 5:39 pm
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Yeah…fuck that. WE do the robbing!

No???🤷€™‚️

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March 24, 2021 1:54 pm
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SOME Kings fans … not me … because I live over here in Reality World, where we don’t need two point guards (three, counting Hali) and then would have to fill a gaping hole at small forward.

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March 24, 2021 12:13 pm
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Yep!

Kings would have been fleeced again if Vlade is still the GM!

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March 24, 2021 10:49 am

So I think the Kings want to make a deal but they also want to stay in a position to make a run at a playin spot. I also think Boston is trying to get relevant this year. My prediction.

Celtics get Bjelica, Barnes and Whiteside

Kings get 2021 first round pick, Nesmith, Langford and Thies

Kings then trade first round pick, Guy, Landford, and a second for Gordon.

I don’t think Ainge gives up Smart or anything that weakens the roster. This trade allows him to improve his roster significantly without giving up anything contributors from his current roster. The Kings get younger, a little cheaper and still feel they have a roster that can compete for a playin spot.

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March 24, 2021 10:56 am

Langford is not now nor will ever be a decent NBA player ! He was terrible with the G league , Maine Red Claws !

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March 24, 2021 11:14 am

I think you’re close on this but I’m not sure that’s enough to snatch Gordon from Orlando. They would however go into the offseason with Fultz, Cole, Langford, Issac, Vucivic, 2 first round picks and some cap space. Who knows?

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March 24, 2021 10:50 am

I would love this move. It will show how desperate Danny Ainge is if he lets Smart go. He seems to be the anchor of that team.

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March 24, 2021 10:59 am
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My prediction is Barnes ends up in Boston and the Celtics keep Smart.

Do Ainge and the Celtics face some pressure to use all or some of the trade exception by March 25? Sure. You can’t hold any asset that rates as the biggest in NBA history without focusing extra interest on what becomes of it.
Add Boston’s lackluster performance that has them barely above .500 and flirting with a lower playoff seed, with the much loftier expectations for this group, and fans expect to see some moves, now or certainly before the exception slips away.

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March 24, 2021 11:05 am
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terrible deal if we don’t get an additional asset

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March 24, 2021 12:36 pm
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€œMarcus Smart as part of the package€…

This is not talking about a one for one trade, this is talking about Marcus Smart being a part of the deal.

Smart would be great for this team.

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March 24, 2021 12:42 pm
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The other part of that package could be Tristan Thompson’s deal.

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March 24, 2021 10:54 am

I just remembered that the Kings actually offered Smart a contract a couple years back. Did he accept it and get matched or was he using us to get a better deal? I cant remember…

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March 24, 2021 12:10 pm
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depends on what sources you believe. https://www.masslive.com/celtics/2018/07/boston_celtics_marcus_smart_no_3.html

jason jones says we never offered him anything

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March 24, 2021 12:28 pm
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Look at the date. I don’t believe Jason Jones still works for the Bee, but I might be mistaken on that point. Also, I don’t believe it’s January 2019 either. But I also might be mistaken on that point as well.

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March 24, 2021 1:08 pm
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jones works for the Athletic not the bee. the date is from when Smart was a FA. im not sure what points you are making?

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March 24, 2021 4:59 pm
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I misread your comment and the reply it was to. My bad.

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March 24, 2021 10:59 am

I don’t mind this trade on paper but man, Marcus Smart is one of those players the makes my soul die a little bit every time I watch him play. His signature move of “covering the jewels and cheesing a charge call” is every bit as infuriating as Harden’s leg kicks.

This would make the Kings a much better defensive team and I think Holmes-Bagley?-Smart-Hali-Fox is probably a decent line-up so I guess I can live with it. I’ll even try to pretend that he isn’t a flop artist.

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March 24, 2021 11:00 am

I would not pull the trigger on a straight up Barnes for Smart trade. Now if we also added an asset like Nesmith or the Bos 1st then sure. Straight up Barnes for Smart doesn’t move the needle and he is under shorter team control.

Plus his known commodity of defense has been non-existent on his current stretch of games since returning to the lineup

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March 24, 2021 11:03 am
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Yeah straight up makes absolutely no sense for the Kings.

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March 24, 2021 11:06 am
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I”d be careful about this Nesmith call. I have not seen enough of him to make an educated call but keep in mind he can’t break into the lineup and someone who was drafted below him is getting decent minutes.

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March 24, 2021 11:12 am
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They play different positions, that matters a ton.

You don’t judge Nesmith on his production or lack thereof during his rookie year sitting behind two all-stars.

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March 24, 2021 11:27 am
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If your referring to Tatum, I think you need to research Nesmith a little more. Nevertheless, the all stars are pretty versatile players so if the Celtics felt Nesmith had something to offer, they’d find minutes for him.

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March 24, 2021 12:10 pm
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If you don’t think both slot in minutes at the 3 I don’t know what to tell you

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March 24, 2021 12:33 pm
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This positional distinction argument you’re trying to make is really outdated thinking and meaningless. If you however want to play this archaic game, Pritchard plays off ball a lot and had to earn playing time among Walker, Teague, and Edwards, and throw in Nesmith because when Kemba is on the court, when Stevens makes his choice between Nesmith and Pritchard he’s not thinking about Brown and Tatum he’s thinking about playing his better player.

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March 24, 2021 1:18 pm
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the Stevens understander has logged on

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March 24, 2021 1:21 pm
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The numbskull fan with nothing of substance has just commented.

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March 24, 2021 1:24 pm

Well thank you. Those Lady Braves know their basketball.

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March 24, 2021 1:36 pm
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lol do you think you’re replying to the actual Kayte Hunter?

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March 24, 2021 2:04 pm
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Replying to someone who knows a hell of lot more about basketball than you. That’s a pretty easy call.

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March 24, 2021 2:11 pm
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huh?

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March 24, 2021 2:16 pm
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That’s the deepest post you’ve had in a long time

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March 24, 2021 2:20 pm
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thank you

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March 24, 2021 1:21 pm
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Edwards is trash and teague us a vet min dude.

C’mon man, you’re too easy

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March 24, 2021 12:19 pm
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He’s averaging 15mpg despite playing behind Smart, Brown, and Tatum. He’s looked good so far. I’d be happy to get Nesmith back.

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March 24, 2021 12:47 pm
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He’s appeared in 22 games and Pritchard has appeared in 37 games. The only games Pritchard hasn’t played in were due to injury. Heretofore Pritchard has been the preferable option over Nesmith and it’s not even close. You could continue to play the meaningless positional argument if it makes you feel better but so far there’s something Stevens is seeing in Nesmith that is giving him pause especially during meaningful minutes. With that said, I haven’t seen enough of Nesmith to personally judge and neither have you but we can certainly say he’s not knocking it out of the park with the Boston brass so far.

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March 24, 2021 1:17 pm
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if you haven’t seen enough of Nesmith to personally judge, then maybe avoid assuming everyone else is in the same boat.

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March 24, 2021 1:25 pm
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Well tell us about him. I guess you’ve been watching the Celtic practices.

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March 24, 2021 1:53 pm
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yeah I’m there every day with my dunkin’ iced coffee, listening to Dropkick Murphys, and yuckin it up with Brian Scalabrine. you’re missing out TBH.

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March 24, 2021 1:57 pm
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And eatin’ some wicked chowdah

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March 24, 2021 2:01 pm
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March 24, 2021 1:23 pm
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Pp is not the preferred option over nesmith bro….nesmith isn’t a pg facilitator

For a coach you don’t understand the nba game much, this isn’t your d3 hs league where positions don’t matter

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March 24, 2021 1:27 pm
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You’re caught in a paradigm, I can’t help you anymore. Why don’t you break down Nesmith’s game for that rordog. He needs help.

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March 24, 2021 2:02 pm
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That paradigm where successful nba teams still have a facilitating guard, some wings and a big on the court almost at all times? Yeah I’m there…

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March 24, 2021 11:09 am

I see Boston pulling the trigger for Barnes before the deadline but I don’t see them trading Smart for it.

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March 24, 2021 11:12 am

This is likely an Ainge leak to drive up the value of Smart in a Gordon deal.

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March 24, 2021 12:04 pm

It feels as though Monte is bargaining from a position of power and asking a lot back. I like that.

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March 24, 2021 12:11 pm

Pure speculation here but Smart does not want to be in Sac and would almost certainly leave after this season. He seems like the type of guy who would take a paycut to be on a championship team – his focus is winning. Would he really want to come off the bench for the kings? I’m just not seeing it.

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March 24, 2021 12:15 pm
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He’s got another year on his contract after this one. That aside, I think worrying about that type of thing should be way down the list of considerations.

If the team improves the roster (and coaching staff), this type of thinking will change.

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March 24, 2021 12:17 pm
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I remember another player who didn’t want to be in Sacramento and threatened to sit out the remaining three years of his contract until we called his bluff.

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March 24, 2021 12:30 pm
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Papa Mayce was pretty important in helping IV get off the pot after taking his shit, too, or so I’ve seen it said anyway.

My point is that it was both, ultimately.

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