Celtics Free Agency Rumors Roundup For July 3rd

We're midway through the third day of the 2015 NBA free agency period, and there's PLENTY to talk about right about now if you're a Boston Celtics fan. Here's our Celtics Rumors Roundup For July 3rd.

Marcus Smart Excited About Jae Crowder Re-Signing

The Celtics finished up the first day of NBA free agency on Wednesday with one of the underrated deals of a whirlwind 24 hours, re-signing versatile forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.

Crowder was acquired in December as part of the Rajon Rondo trade, and quickly became a favorite of the coaching staff, the fans, and the players.

“I know this organization is happy to have him back," Marcus Smart said on Friday. "I know I am.”

Crowder averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during his first half-year in Boston in 2014-15.

Big Trade Brewing After Free Agency?

Boston could very well miss on the top level of free agents on this year's open market, but what about their stockpile of picks and trade assets?

Brian Robb of Bleacher Report gives his take on where the Celtics could stand after the free agency waves die down:

"At this stage, Boston’s list of trade chips is long, but the actual value of those pieces remains questionable at best. The Celtics’ collection of future first-round draft picks from the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves is extensive, but none is guaranteed to land in the lottery. The team’s young core of talent has some promise, but outside of potentially Smart, no one projects to be a player you can build a franchise around."

Regardless, there is still plenty of ammunition on hand for the Celtics to make a run at a franchise building block via trade -- a fact that gives the Celtics front office hope as marquee names land elsewhere on the NBA free agency docket.

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