2018 Stats: 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game
Good Deal: $27 million, 3 years
Marcus Smart is looking for a $14 million contract, but most teams have limited space this summer, which might drop his value. Smart brings a lot of hustle on defense and can guard positions 1-3, but he isn’t a good three point shooter. He also forced a lot of shots, which could be a lot more of a problem in Phoenix than in Boston.
Smart has also been connected to the Suns. He’s a huge effort player like Josh Jackson and would surely bring championship effort. This is something the Suns badly need. Smart would be a huge culture changer.
The problem with Smart is that he doesn’t space the floor. In a lineup next to Kyrie, Tatum, and Horford this was okay. But the Suns already have plenty of bad shooters.
Smart wouldn’t really take much pressure of Booker because teams can help off of him. His jumper did improve a little bit this season, going from 28 percent to 30 percent.
If Igor Kokoskov can work his magic and help Smart with his jumpshot then this could be a huge steal for the Suns. If not, Smart might be very inefficient and unplayable in a lineup next to DeAndre Ayton and T.J. Warren.