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Source: Nuggets And Celtics In Talks For Smart Mudiay Swap

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The Boston Celtics have made point guard Marcus Smart available in a trade. The Denver Nuggets are the first to bite, sources told Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Nuggets are offering backup point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay, but the Celtics are holding still to their demand for a first-round draft pick in exchange for Smart, according to Stein.

Marcus Smart and Emmanuel Mudiay would be an interesting swap, as they’re two former high lottery picks (the Celtics took Smart sixth overall in 2014, while the Nuggets took Mudiay with the seventh pick a year later) both have been frustrating in similar ways and could possibly benefit from a change of scenery.

The two teams need different things, as the defensively dominant Celtics rank a pedestrian 17th in offense and the offensively explosive Nuggets rank 23rd in defense.

Emmanuel Mudiay comes with an extra year of team control, while Marcus Smart is headed for restricted free agency this summer.

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