From the start, the Celtics have been willing to let Smart test the market, believing he would have a hard time finding the type of money he wants, per sources.
The Celtics have shown themselves to be shrewd when it comes to player decisions (trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn and, more recently, trading an injured Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland in the final year of his contract). "The last contact was a few days before free agency started".More news: Hurricane Beryl Is Tiny, Unpredictable
Of those players in a similar situation to Smart, only Dante Exum has signed a new deal as he penned a three-year, $33 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge has declined to speak on the matter. Neither Clint Capela nor Jabari Parker have received a ton of interest.
To be clear, the market has not been friendly to restricted free agents. But according to the source, Smart isn't concerned about that deal so much as the lack of outreach from Ainge and the Celtics.More news: UFC 226 odds roundup: Cormier an underdog facing Miocic in Las Vegas
The Celtics offered him a $6.05 million qualifying offer on June 29 to retain his rights but Smart was hoping to receive a proposal in the region of $14-15m. Smart has already estimated his worth at about $15 million per year, so it's safe to assume he'd take that as another insult, and would be reluctant to re-sign with Boston next summer. "He's most disappointed that there has been no reaching out from their end".
"He loves the Celtics, but with these crickets he's hearing, he's hurt and disgusted by it", said the source.More news: Everton make audacious move for World Cup star