NBA free agency 2018: Celtics bring back Marcus Smart on four-year, $52M deal, report says
Smart and the Celtics had been locked in a restricted free agency standoff
Marcus Smart is staying with the Boston Celtics. According to a report from Yahoo's Shams Charania, Smart and the Celtics have agreed to a new four-year contract worth $52M, ending nearly a three-week standoff between the two sides.
The No. 6 overall pick by the Celtics back in 2014, Smart has become a fan favorite in Boston for his hardworking style and penchant for making big plays. Last season, for example, he drew multiple offensive fouls on James Harden in the closing minute to help the Celtics complete a 26-point comeback against the Rockets. What he lacks in shooting, and at times decision making, he more than makes up for on the defensive end. He's willing -- and capable -- of guarding just about anyone, even opposing bigs at times.
As it turns out, it was always likely for Smart to return to the Celtics. Due to the nature of free agency, the two sides didn't get a deal done out of the gates, but this summer was a strange one and few teams had significant cap space.
Because of that, no other teams even gave Smart an offer sheet. In fact, the only other organization that was reported to be looking into making an offer was the Sacramento Kings, but that ultimately didn't happen.
Now, the Celtics have settled their biggest question of the offseason, and should have their roster pretty much set for next season. Which -- assuming the health of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, who are both expected to be ready for training camp -- could be a special one at the TD Garden.
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