While he isn't the star of the team, the Boston Celtics have locked up an important player for the next four seasons that will contribute towards any future success they have.
According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Marcus Smart and the Celtics have agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million.
Initially, Smart did not receive much contact from the team's front office when free agency opened on July 1. Due to the lack of communication, he became frustrated.
However, that all changed in the past week as Danny Ainge, the general manager of the Celtics, said the guard was the main focus for Boston this offseason.
Sure enough, they confirmed exactly that, as now Smart is signed with the team for the next four seasons.
Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Celtics in 54 games last season. In the playoffs, he averaged 9.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
In his four-year NBA career, Smart has averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He’s played in 261 career regular-season games, starting 83 of them and 43 playoff games, starting 11 of those.
While the 24-year-old wasn't flashy stats wise, that's not the reason why the franchise has given him an extension.
He was a key member of the team off the bench near the end of games because of his elite defensive ability, and that's what the Celtics have paid for.
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.
Smart can certainly be an important piece for the Celtics moving forward over the next four years, as the franchise looks to capture their first NBA Championship since 2008.
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