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From Unexpected Trade to Embracing the Grit: Marcus Smart Finds his Perfect Fit in Memphis

After overcoming the initial surprise of being traded from the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart embraced a sense of eager anticipation for the next chapter of his basketball career. He expressed his excitement about starting a new journey in a city that perfectly aligns with his gritty playing style – Memphis, the “Grind City.”

From Unexpected Trade to Embracing the Grit: Marcus Smart Finds his Perfect Fit in Memphis
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Smart, known for his tenacious defense, acknowledged the influence of former Celtics and Grizzlies player Tony Allen, who coined the “Grit ‘n Grind” slogan during Memphis’ successful era.
Joining a talented Memphis team in need of veteran leadership, Smart aims to bring his relentless work ethic and defensive mindset to the court.

The Trade :

The Grizzlies acquired Smart in a three-team trade, with Kristaps Porzingis heading to the Celtics and Tyus Jones being sent to the Washington Wizards. This move came shortly after a separate trade involving Malcolm Brogdon fell through, prompting Memphis to seize the opportunity to secure Smart, one of their top trade targets.

As a seasoned player with deep playoff experience, including multiple Eastern Conference finals appearances and an NBA Finals run, Smart brings a wealth of knowledge and intensity to the Grizzlies’ roster. Joining a core featuring young All-Stars Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., as well as recently extended Desmond Bane, Smart becomes an integral part of a promising Memphis team.

Expected Relationship with Morant :

Additional, whilst he humbly avoided labeling himself as a leader in the Grizzlies’ locker room, the organization looks to him to provide guidance and stability, particularly after Morant’s recent suspensions.

Marcus Smart on Ja Morant – Ja is an incredibly talented player who holds a significant role in our team’s success. To achieve anything significant, we heavily rely on Ja’s exceptional skills and his continuous growth. I genuinely enjoy motivating exceptional individuals like Ja to reach their fullest potential.

Overall, Smart’s transition to Memphis signifies a fresh start and an opportunity for him to contribute his relentless defensive prowess and veteran presence to a team poised for success in the NBA.

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