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Report: Brad Stevens could look to trade Marcus Smart

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Five of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 01, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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If Brad Stevens has anything to say about it, Marcus Smart might find himself playing elsewhere next season. Reportedly, the Celtics' new President of Basketball Operations has had frustrations with Smart's play style. As a result, a trade could potentially materialize at some point during the 2021 offseason.

The Boston Celtics took Marcus Smart with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Originally, Smart was touted to become their new franchise point guard, filling the void left by Rajon Rondo. Though he would never quite fill out that specific role, Smart still proved himself a valuable commodity in Bean-Town.

A proactive figure on the floor, Marcus Smart grew into a fan favorite. His hustle and defensive commitment endeared him to the Boston faithful. He does tend to flop and make questionable decisions on offense. However, his presence has more often than not translated into success for the Celtics. Moving on from him would truly signify a new direction for this team moving forward.

Brad Stevens this offseason

With Danny Ainge's departure, Brad Stevens received a promotion from his head coaching post. As the new head of basketball operations, he quickly got to work on what he believes will change the Celtics' fortunes going into next season.

His first moved was the Kemba Walker trade that brought Al Horford back on board. This past week, he used an asset brought in from that deal, Moses Brown, and swapped him for Josh Richardson from Dallas. Moreover, he parted ways with Tristan Thompson in a three-way deal between Boston, Sacramento, and Atlanta. The move opened up a little more cap space for the Celtics.

They could potentially re-sign Evan Fournier or sign a point guard to fill the void left by Kemba Walker. Ultimately, we can't yet determine what they will do with the extra cash. But as free agency gets underway later today, surely we will soon find out. Regardless, with this rumor about Marcus Smart having surfaced, it seems as if Brad Stevens has more changes in mind for this team than we may have once thought.

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