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Trade deadline deal most Celtics fans hope not to see

 February 8, 2024 @ 3:00 PM ET. That is the NBA trade deadline, and Yahoo!Sports has broached a potential deal that most Boston Celtics fans, including this one, never wanted to see (per Jake Fischer):

Marcus Smart blocking The Greek Freak

"While several clubs — including the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, sources said — have phoned Memphis about obtaining defensive stalwart Marcus Smart, the Grizzlies have shut down any overtures for the veteran guard, sources said."

When Smart was sent packing to Memphis, he was not thrilled with hearing the news via social media. Marcus had his share of critics among Boston fans, but most never wanted to see "The Wolverine" return to Beantown as an opponent - ready to defend any member of The Green, regardless of size or ability.

The Grizzlies Ja Morant is out for the season with an injury, and center, Steven Adams (also out for season) is heading to the Houston Rockets. This season is a lost one for Memphis, and unless they are set on linking up Smart and Morant next season, a trade is a possibility for Smart.

But Milwaukee? Lakers? I personally cringe at the idea of Marcus coming into TD Garden partnered with Lebron James - or covering former-teammates Tatum and Brown as a member of the rival Bucks. Heaven forbid!



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