Kyrie Irving will make $20 million next season and like Horford will have a player option after that and will nearly assuredly opt out.
"To be honest, I'm worth more than $12-14 million", Smart told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.
And 59-year-old Ainge has made no secret of his desire to keep hold of the point guard. With that said, in Lord Ainge We Trust.More news: DFA: 100 protests filed vs China; Philippines keen on United Nations ruling
"Everybody is replaceable", he added.
Mayfield quickly took to Twitter to call out Smart, who is a bit of a notorious "flopper" in the National Basketball Association. But with the Celtics shooters turning ice cold, LeBron James proved to be too much, amassing 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing every second of the game. If this playoff run and all the series of the playoffs didn't show that, then I don't know what does.More news: Trump says Mueller will be ‘meddling’ with 2018 vote
"I don't think any of us can really understand", said Ainge. "I've been around a lot of places and Boston has definitely been my favorite".
If Hayward can successfully get back to playing like his former self next season, the Celtics will nearly assuredly be the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
"Kyrie had a deviated septum, had some surgery on that, and so I don't think he wanted to be seen", Ainge said.More news: CIA: North Korea Has No Plans to Denuclearize
The plan for the franchise was always to take a cautious approach and look to have him back at 100 percent for the 2018-19 campaign. "So I just thought that at times we needed that and they feed off of it so definitely a fun experience". "We learn that as players early, early in our careers when there's trades that happen or when injuries happens".