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Daily Bullets (June 29)



Marcus Chitwood

As the NBA’s free agency fiasco looms, could Marcus Smart find a home on the other side of the Great Plains?

Smart would be a fascinating fit on the Pacers, an up-and-coming team looking to add players on the same timetable as Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner. Indiana has never been a free-agent destination, so the best use of the team’s cap space may be to splurge on a 24-year-old with room to grow.

Smart may not be all that useful off the ball, but he would get more chances to create offense for the Pacers, who are looking for a legitimate second option behind Oladipo. [TheRinger]

It’s a tough one for Marcus Smart fans – you want him to stay with a coach like Brad Stevens that’s heralded for getting the most out of his players (and helping cover their flaws) while allowing him to get his shine in on in a smaller market is fun too.

With all of that being said, don’t be surprised if Marcus Smart ends up taking a short deal to truly hit the open market next summer as an unrestricted free agent.

Most league executives expect a cool market for restricted free agents, which could lead to a few of them — including Smart — signing one-year qualifying offers and entering unrestricted free agency next summer. [ESPN]

Top 15

Athlon came out with their top 130 coaches list… and Mike Gundy haters will not approve of his ranking.

14. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

Gundy has recorded a 114-53 overall record since taking over at his alma mater prior to the 2005 season. Oklahoma State has won at least seven games in each of the last 12 years and has not posted a losing mark since 2005. Additionally, Gundy has helped to elevate the program into a consistent top 25 team. The Cowboys have finished in the final Associated Press poll seven times under his watch, including No. 3 in 2011. Oklahoma State also has four 10-win seasons over the last five years. Gundy’s 114 victories are the most by any coach in program history. [AthlonSports]

One spot ahead of Bill Snyder (*gasp*) and only four spots behind Kirby Smart makes for a conversation starter. From where he sits on a list in relation to those guys, it tells you there’s an element of stewardship in these rankings – what you’re doing with what you’ve got. And with that being in consideration, Mike Gundy is a top fifteen coach.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Stories like this (continue to) confirm Mike Boynton’s fit at Oklahoma State….Great Tramel piece detailing Gundy’s recent speech joining a local hall of fame….OSU has contracted a private tailgate service for football season – fans can purchase a tailgate….SB Nation ranked fictional college football teams….How Texas A&M landed Jimbo Fisher

An incredible idea for throwing shade.

That sounds like an impressive number.

Bless their hearts, while Arkansas lost game three of the national championship last night, they really lost it when this happened in game two.

Congrats to the Cowboy alum making it to the big leagues.

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