Just mere hours away from their first game of the season. The Boston Celtics have been called out by the agent of point guard Marcus Smart for not giving him what they believe he deserves, which is a big money extension.
Agent Happy Walters in an interview with the Boston Herald took shots at Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck for holding off on giving Smart a new deal.
“[Celtics owner] Wyc [Grousbeck] doesn’t want to pay the tax,” Walters told the Boston Herald “They’re into the tax already with three guys who make $30 million a year.”
Walters made claims that if the Celtics don’t make the efforts to lock up his client, then their future would be as uncertain as ever.
“How long is that window going to last? Those guys (Irving, Hayward, and Horford) have gone to Boston with the expectation they’re going to get better,” Walters said to WEEI.com.“Al [Horford] is getting older. They’ll have to figure out what they want to do with Kyrie [Irving] again.”
Would Smart’s camp be willing to take a team discount? Well according to Walters, not anytime soon.
“It will cost them a lot more then, I can tell you that,” Walters said. “If they want someone to take a discount, maybe it should be someone who has already made $150 million in their career, not someone who is just up and coming.”
Smart and the Celtics are set to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers with tip-off tonight at 8:00 p.m.