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Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics will be together for the foreseeable future.
Per Shams Charania from Stadium and The Athletic, Smart has accepted a four-year extension worth $ 77.1 million that will keep him with the Celtics through the 2025-26 season.
Smart seemed to confirm the deal on social media:
He also posted “Let’s get 4 more …” on Instagram.
Boston got an early start on off-season trading activities by agree to send Kemba Walker, the number 16 overall pick in the NBA Draft in 2021 and a second-round pick in 2025 to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a second-round pick in 2023.
By swapping Walker’s salary ($ 36 million) for Horfords ($ 26.5 million), the Celtics provided an additional $ 9.5 million in cap space to spend on guard improvements this summer.
Brown was used in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks to acquire Josh Richardson.
Smart was set to enter the final season of his previous contract, paying him $ 13.8 million. The 27-year-old set career highs with scoring (13.1 points per game) and assists (5.7) in 48 games last season.
Although Smart is not an effective scorer, his defensive ability has made him one of the most valuable all-round players in the NBA. The Oklahoma State alum was named to the All-Defensive first team in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
Another big part of Smart’s success in the NBA is his versatility. He has appeared in 449 games in the last seven seasons, 228 of which came in the starting lineup. The Celtics have used him on point guard and shooting guard.
Brad Stevens, who is in his first season as Boston’s president of basketball operations, knows very well what Smart is capable of doing and how important he is to the success of the franchise.
By committing to the Celtics now, Smart has given the franchise more flexibility to compile its short- and long-term list around a trio of himself, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.