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Expect to see Marcus Smart on Celtics roster post-trade-deadline

 The NBA trade deadline is February 10th, two weeks away. Celtics bulldog, Marcus Smart, is now eligible to be traded, and this his tenure in Boston will be in the limelight.


Despite his shooting woes, I view Smart as a vital piece-of-the-puzzle for Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka. In the past two games, both wins for Boston, the fiery guard posted team-highs (+36 in each game) in plus/minus. Against the Wizards, he shot 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-6 on treys - not bad. Versus the Kings, he took only three shots, missing all of them - but still came away with plus-36.

NBCSports' Chris Forsberg recently wrote that the Celtics quartet (call if "core" if you see fit) of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Rob Williams and Smart ranks fifth in the NBA in net rating when they are on the floor together:

Working in his favor: The Celtics’ four-man lineup featuring Tatum, Brown, Williams, and Smart has a net rating of plus-15.3 in 363 minutes together over 20 appearances this season. Among the 52 four-man lineups in the NBA with at least that much floor time, Boston’s quartet ranks fifth in the NBA (trailing only groups from Minnesota, Atlanta, Denver, and Utah)

Marcus' main flaw if his shooting accuracy. But he does so much else for The Green, it seems doubtful that Brad Stevens would send The Wolverine packing in any trading frenzy that takes place over the next 14 days. Better to wait until summer to make any major moves, including any possible dealing away a player that is such a vital part of the Celtics present and future.

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