It’s officially the end of an era for the Boston Celtics.
Marcus Smart will no longer be a part of the team after being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, putting an end to years of speculation about his future with the organization.
The Grizzlies look like a match made in heaven for his talents and personality, but some Celtics fans will have a tough time getting over this.
This is why the trade drew so many mixed reviews on social media, with fans taking to Twitter to express their thoughts on the matter.
As a day 1 grizzlies fan I am loving this
— Bandwagon Sports (@BandwagonSp0rts) June 22, 2023
We really traded Smart. Don't know how to feel
— Kenni Katuramu (@Kenni_Kareem) June 22, 2023
— 𝙍𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙮 ☘️ (@CelticsRiley) June 22, 2023
— DANNY SULLIVAN MUSIC (@DANNYxSULLIVAN) June 22, 2023
Not a smart move 😖😭💔☘️
— SOUR 🍋 (@SouriLemon) June 22, 2023
Truth be told, there was only so much Brad Stevens and the Celtics’ front office could do to improve the roster, but it was painfully evident that something needed to change.
They intend to build around Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and with Malcolm Brogdon unlikely to be able to be traded due to his health issues, there was no choice but to pull the plug and part ways with their gritty defender.
The Grizzlies have now added a guy who pretty much embodies what their culture has been all about for years now.
Marcus Smart is a former Defensive Player of the Year and a guy that won’t hesitate to get in everybody’s face and hold each and every one of his teammates accountable, Ja Morant included.
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