They can also offer him one themselves, but Smart has yet to receive one and he is upset about it, according to The Boston Herald. Monroe and Gordon ended up cashing in during unrestricted free agency the following summer.
To be clear, the market has not been friendly to restricted free agents.
But Smart is not hugely bothered about the limited prospects he has in this market, his main issue is in receiving no contact from the front office since he became a free agent on July 1.
"He loves the Celtics, but with these crickets he's hearing, he's hurt and disgusted by it", a source close to Smart's camp was quoted as saying.
Smart reportedly received a qualifying offer from the Celtics, but has yet to be given a multi-year deal.
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"He would have thought there would have been some kind of three- to four-year deal from them to show they're interested", said a member of Smart's camp, per Murphy.
One of the most noteworthy players the Sixers have brought with them is Furkan Korkmaz, who was selected with the 26th overall pick in 2016. Smart helped lead a depleted Boston Celtics roster to the Eastern Conference Finals where the team lost in seven games to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For a player who projects his value in the vicinity of $14 million to $15 million, the lack of anything beyond a qualifying offer is being taken as an insult.
All of this could be worked out soon and it would be water under the bridge, but as of right now, it appears Smart isn't happy with the Boston Celtics.
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