Celtics Notes: Smart, G. Williams, Roster Spots

Marcus Smart agrees with the speculation {that a} shallow rotation left the Celtics exhausted by the point they reached the NBA Finals, writes Jared Weiss of The Athletic. Smart, who admitted that he nonetheless rewatches the Finals to see what he may have finished otherwise, mentioned the crew exacerbated the issue by getting off to a gradual begin and never taking part in to its potential till January.

“I believe depth was one of many massive issues that harm us,” he mentioned. “You had me, Jayson (Tatum), Jaylen (Brown) and our starters taking part in, clawing (up the standings) and we did it to ourselves.”

Smart likes the offseason additions the Celtics made, although Danilo Gallinari could also be misplaced for the season with a torn ACL. Smart heard his title talked about in Kevin Durant commerce rumors this summer season, however he is grateful that he wasn’t moved and that the core of the crew has remained intact.

“For somebody who’s all the time talked about in commerce talks, I did not actually pay an excessive amount of thoughts to that. Until it really occurs, I do not consider it,” Smart mentioned. “We can sit right here and say this individual mentioned this, however we do not even know who mentioned it. It’s like a phone sport. By the time it will get again to you, you do not know what modified and who mentioned what. Until it really occurs, I attempt to pay commerce rumors no thoughts.”

There’s extra from Boston:

  • In an interview with Bobby Manning of CLNS Media, Smart revealed that he is nonetheless feeling the consequences of accidents from final season’s playoffs. He suffered a sprained proper foot within the Eastern semifinals and a sprained proper ankle within the convention finals. He additionally needed to miss Game 2 of the Bucks sequence after aggravating a proper thigh harm. “My ankle is feeling higher, it is nonetheless therapeutic, so I’m coping with that,” Smart mentioned. “Just giving it as a lot relaxation as I can, however positively again on the court docket. I’m positively again into the motion. It looks like yesterday we simply began taking part in, we’ve not actually missed a beat, however I’m positively doing every part I can to be prepared for subsequent season and to go deeper. I’m fairly shut (to 100%), clearly it is September, you do not wish to be in June, July, May form proper now so I’m making an attempt to not go too loopy, however I’m actually shut and I ‘ve been doing this going into my ninth season.”
  • Grant Williams‘hopes for a contract extension can be impacted by the three-year, $33MM deal that Maxi Kleber acquired from the Mavericks, per Brian Robb of MassLive. Robb believes Williams could be higher off taking what he can get in an extension quite than coping with the unpredictability of restricted free company.
  • Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports examines the battle for roster spots at Celtics coaching camp and views Sam Hauser, Luke Cornet, Mfiondu Kabengele, JD Davison and Jake Layman as having one of the best shot at making the crew.

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