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June 2018

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Marcus Smart remains cautiously optimistic on return to the Boston Celtics

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Marcus Smart, less than two weeks away from becoming a restricted free agent, remains cautiously optimistic that he will be back with the Celtics this season. Specifically, Smart's mother Camellia Smart is battling cancer. While basketball is certainly an afterthought for Smart at this time, both he and the Celtics will have to make some tough decisions soon.

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Nate Robinson says ‘the NBA gave me my depression,’ opens up about Larry Brown’s alleged bullying

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Nate Robinson played for the G League’s Delaware 87ers in 2017. NBA All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love paved the way this season for colleagues to open up about mental health issues, revealing their experiences with depression and anxiety from early ages, and now Nate Robinson is sharing his, telling Bleacher Report the league itself sent him to therapy. “The NBA gave me my depression,” he said.

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If Michael Porter Jr. falls in the NBA Draft, Celtics should consider trading up for him

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When it comes to the NBA draft, it's not unusual for a player pegged as a can't-miss prospect to inexplicably dip on the eve of the draft. One of the great examples of this was Paul Pierce, considered by most coming out of Kansas as a top-5 talent in 1998 who was on the board when it was time for the Celtics to select at No. 10. Boston picked Pierce who went on to have a Hall of a Fame-worthy career that includes an NBA title in 2008 and his jersey number 34 being retired by the franchise.

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Mavs reportedly interested in pursuing Marcus Smart

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The Dallas Mavericks "can be expected to explore pursuing" Marcus Smart, depending on his asking price, according to DallasBasketball.com. The Kings, Nuggets and Pacers are also among those teams interested in the Celtics restricted free agent guard, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix (see video above). Smart told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan immediately after the Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals that he was worth "more than $12 to $14 million.

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Stevens: Hayward, Irving should be cleared August 1

Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics are expecting All-Star reinforcements by August 1. Kyrie Irving, coming back from knee surgery, and Gordon Hayward, out since his debut with the team Oct. 17 with a fractured left ankle, are progressing toward five-on-five pickup games and should be cleared weeks in advance of the start of training camp, Stevens said. "I've been told they'll both be going, if not full tilt, then pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, so August first-ish," said Stevens.

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