Smart, for example, told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan in late May he thinks he's worth "more than $12-14 million" per year.
Since taking over at the Nets' GM in 2016, Marks has targeted restricted free agency to help rebuild the team.
What will he do about it?
The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach provided an update on Smart's situation Tuesday, writing that the veteran guard "met with two National Basketball Association teams here on Monday and is scheduled to meet with two more on Tuesday, according to a league source". They've shown a willingness to pay the luxury tax, but with their stacked roster, they could be over the tax line for several seasons in the foreseeable future.
Coffers have been tight this summer and free agents are expected to have a better time of signing lucrative (and long-term) contracts next offseason when the National Basketball Association salary cap receives a $7 million increase.
Himmelsbach reported Smart wants a multiyear deal rather than the qualifying offer. This, and the expectations that the Celtics will just match whatever offer sheet Smart signs, has to led to front offices executives hesitating to make a move for Smart.
But it definitely appears increasingly likely.