Marcus Smart clarifies his relationship with Jaylen Brown

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics high-fives Jaylen Brown #7 against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter in game six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Note to User: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading or using this photo, User is agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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The Boston Celtics wasted no time after being ousted in the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games by the Miami Heat, as Brad Stevens and company began the offseason with a roster revamp plan to take the next step.

Unfortunately for Marcus Smart, the Celtics preferred to bring in another talented scorer with size than a defensive-minded guard, which could be a downside to his NBA career.

Although the Celtics first tried to move the injured Malcolm Brogdon in exchange for star forward Kristaps Porzingis, the deal was reworked due to concerns over Brogdon’s health, resulting in Smart being sent to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Along with Smart being overlooked for the trade, there has also been talk of some rift between him and Jaylen Brown, but he set the record straight after the rumor spread via Celtics reporter Josu Pavone.

Although Smart was devastated by the trade and will obviously miss Brown and Jayson Tatum, with whom he has been teammates since he was drafted, he is going into Memphis in a potentially good position. Are.

Even though superstar guard Ja Morant will serve a 25-game suspension to begin next season, the Grizzlies are still considered a force in the Western Conference and will need Smart more than ever as the 2023-24 campaign begins. Will be

As for Brown, the Celtics star is likely to get paid this summer as he is now eligible for a supermax contract extension due to make the All-NBA team, which means he may not be going anywhere anytime soon. Is.

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