Report: Kings ready to extend offer to Marcus Smart

James Ham
NBC Sports BayArea

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the latest mantra from the Sacramento Kings from office. 

After swinging and missing on shooting guard Zach LaVine, it appears the Kings may have a new target, according to NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely.

Smart is an interesting proposition for Sacramento. The 24-year-old defensive specialist can play the point guard, shooting guard or small forward position and would provide another playmaker for the Kings.

At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Smart plays the game with a tenacity that would fit well in Sacramento's new-look squad. His versatility would fill plenty of holes, but his lack of perimeter shooting is a concern.

In his fourth season with the Boston Celtics, Smart posted 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in just under 30 minutes a night. He missed 28 games this season due to a torn tendon in his right thumb, but returned to action for the playoffs. 

Selected with the sixth overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, Smart has played 261 games, including 83 starts for Boston. 

There is no word yet on what the Kings might offer for Smart, but they have approximately $19.5 million in cap space and two roster spots to fill. Like LaVine, Smart is a restricted free agent and the Celtics would have 48 hours to either match or allow him to start a new chapter of his career with the Kings.


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