Marcus Smart focusing on ailing mother, not impending free agency
Marcus Smart spent a large part of the season worrying from afar about his 63-year-old mother, Camellia, who had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of bone marrow cancer. And now, with the offseason upon him, Smart is now focusing solely on his ailing mother as opposed to his impending free agency.
Smart is set to become a restricted free agent and recently expressed hope that Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge would match any offers on the open market, even if contemplation of his NBA future is not currently a high priority.
“To be honest, I do. I haven’t really put too much thought into the offseason free agency thing,” Smart said, per a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “My No. 1 focus is on my family right now. I got a lot of stuff going on with my mom. She needs all the positive thinking.”
After the emotional upheaval involved with dealing with his mother’s illness as he fought his way back onto the court in the postseason after suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb in March, it makes sense that Smart is taking a step back to support her.
Ainge earlier this month weighed in on Smart’s uncertain future with the team. While Ainge praised the talented all-around role player, he did mention that “everybody is replaceable,” presumably including Smart, who has stated a belief he’s worth more than $12-14 million per year.
All that said, while there’s certainly mutual interest between Smart and Celtics, it’s no guarantee he’ll be back in Boston. But it would appear such things are the furthest thing from Smart’s mind at the moment, and rightfully so.