After LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins found new homes, the NBA stove began to cool.
It has been a particularly benign summer for restricted free agents, as most expect this year's RFAs to end up returning to their original teams.
That was the case of Zach LaVine, who ended up coming back to the Chicago Bulls after the Sacramento Kings made a generous offer to the young guard. But now that LaVine is off the table, it seems that the Kings have their eyes on a new target.
Smart would be an interesting fit in Sacramento. The Kings are on the rise with promising young talents in De & # 39; Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles, as well as in the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Marvin Bagley III. Given Smart's tenacity and winning attitude, he could serve as a great leader for future kings, even at age 24.
That said, the Celtics would probably have something to say about it before Sacramento tries to poke around the annoying Boston guard. Head coach Brad Stevens noted his desire to retain Smart while attending the Celtics summer league game on Monday, which echoed in this nugget by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
When all is said and done, there seems to be a good chance that Sacramento will swing and fail in its two main RFA goals.
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