Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving underwent surgery for deviated septum

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, embraces Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier after the Cavaliers' 87-79 victory in Game 7 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals in Boston on Sunday. Despite missing Irving and Hayward, the Celtics won 55 games, three more than last season, and came within one victory of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. I always leave everything on the court, every game. I definitely think so. Take his stat line in Yesterday's Game 7 loss as an example: 1-of-10 shooting, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range yet still managing a net-positive +2 differential while on the floor. At that time, though, there was still no timetable for him to be back to 100 percent.

It's not like he's coming out and saying, 'Hey I need this.' Somebody was asking that question and persisting on what he's worth, and he just answered it in his honest opinion.

"That's what people say", Smart added after he was told that some of his teammates called him the heart of the team. Trading one of their young players is undeniably a tough decision for Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge since all of them have shown their potentials to become a superstar in the league. I don't negotiate in the media with my players. The Celtics are going to need to stay as far underneath the luxury tax as possible, which will not be very far, and Baynes affords them that opportunity. Marcus is a good player.

The Celtics won't have the cap space to keep Smart on a lucrative deal.

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The Celtics can make a qualifying offer of almost $6.1 million to Smart and can match any free-agent offer that is made by another team, but it's unlikely they will do so if the numbers climb too high.

And with Ainge calling the shots, it's nearly impossible to predict the future. "We can't think about 'what could have been.' But when Kyrie is on our team, we're at another level".

Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told ESPN that the star guard wanted to watch the game but wasn't allowed to fly due to surgery.

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