Immediately after the Boston Celtics' season came to an end with a Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Marcus Smart cast some doubt over his future with the franchise.
The point guard is set to enter restricted free agency this summer and is believed to be seeking a deal worth at least $14 million a year.
Smart, however, insisted that he's worth more than that amount but with the Celtics already having an expensive payroll, it's uncertain if they'll be willing to meet his demands.
But when the 24-year-old went through exit interviews on Monday, he seemed confident that he would re-sign with the franchise as he insisted they want him back.
"I'm here. They're already planning for me to be here," Smart said, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg. "Those guys, I tip my hat to those guys. You don't see a lot of organisations that's as clear about their players as the way this organisation does it."
Smart will be eligible to receive offers from other teams but the Celts will be able to match and sign him to an extension if they wish.
It's almost unlikely, however, that they'll be willing to match any large offer he gets as they already have two max salary players in Al Horford and Gordon Hayward and will surely look to keep enough money on the books to re-sign Kyrie Irving when he becomes a free agent in 2019.
Therefore, the tenacious defensive specialist will know he has to keep his options open if he isn't able to stay in Boston, which is his number one choice.
"I got a lot to think about. There's a lot of factors that go into it. But that being said, I want to be in Boston. I want to be here," Smart said.
"I love this city, I love this team, I love the atmosphere it gives off. I've been here for four years. My heart's here. But there's definitely going to be some factors going into it."
The four-year guard said a conversation with general manager Danny Ainge gave him confidence that he'll be in a Celtics uniform again next season.
"Danny emphasises all the time how much he loves me as a player and emphasised how much they want me here," Smart said. "I want to be here, so that's the plan right now."
Speaking to the media, however, Ainge didn't reveal what their plans are for Smart and simply chose to praise the player for the impact he's had on the team.
"Marcus had a terrific year," he said. "He brings a lot of toughness to our team and his whole time here in Boston he's been terrific."
With July 1 looming, we'll soon find out what the future holds for Smart and the C's.
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