Celtics Re-Sign Marcus Smart

Ross Houston
July 21, 2018

Smart was a restricted free agent.

He averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists in 54 regular-season games last season.

Smart is going to see his playing time reduced in Boston next season with Kyrie Irving returning from injury, but this appears to be something which he is cool with after signing this contract extension.

According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Marcus Smart and the Celtics have agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million.

"This is where I want to be, and I'm ready to put a green jersey back on and get to work", Smart said in a statement.

In extending Smart, the Celtics will also plunge into the luxury tax this season, something president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said recently he expected. "I'm determined to help my teammates bring another championship to the best fans in the world".

Despite the 2017-18 season being Smart's fourth in Boston, he was the longest-tenured member of the team after being drafted sixth overall in 2014.

Smart indeed is one-of-a-kind, a career 36 percent shooter (and 29.3 percent 3-point shooter) who still is one of the Celtics' most important players because of his defense, playmaking ability and all-around grit. (Terry Rozier would be a restricted free agent if no extension is reached). In the playoffs, he averaged 9.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

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