The Celtics assure their essence: Marcus Smart, 4 more years

The exterior signs the maximum possible extension, of 77 million dollars, and extends its stay in Boston, its only franchise so far.


Boston Celtics Moves. Or, rather, secure one of your most valuable pieces. According to Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) and Shams Charania (The Athletic), Marcus Smart will sign an extension of four more years and 77 million dollars. The relationship, likewise, would come into effect from the 2022-23 season, since for the next season the player had 14.3 million insured, which, in this way, he will receive in full. With all this, the exterior would be part of the team for the next five seasons, which would be added to the seven that he has already been in the organization. And in the NBA, since Boston has been his only franchise so far, since in 2014 he was selected in the sixth position of the Draft. "We're going with four more," Smart has published on his social networks.

The movement is not minor, neither for the Celtics nor for the player. In recent years, Smart had become one of the most beloved members of the team, widely valued for his intensity, his delivery on the track and an idiosyncrasy that many already associated with the essence of Boston. In addition, it occurs after a season in which, although timidly, there was speculation about his departure. The response has been blunt and, in addition, it gives continuity to a project in which it continues to trust blindly. With the renewal, the guard will continue in Boston alongside Jayson Tatum, whose relationship extends until 2026 (player option in the last year), and Jaylen Brown, with a guaranteed contract until 2024. The three players who are betting to reign again in the best league in the world, something that has resisted since 2008 and that, in addition, has extended a strange period for the most successful franchise in history, along with the Los Angeles Lakers: in the last 35 seasons, the aforementioned ring has been the only one that has been added to the list of honors.

At 27, then, Smart will continue to compete to regain lost glory. He will also do it, being the longest-lived player in the current squad and after signing his best season in terms of statistical averages: 13.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 32.9 minutes on the court. With two appearances in the best defensive quintets in the competition, his contribution in recent seasons has been key and, with the renewal, it will continue to be. This course, along with the new faces that Brad Stevens, in his new position as director of operations, has bet. They are: Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Kris Dunn, Bruno Fernando, Enes Kanter and Dennis Schroder. A busy market, anticipated with the departure of Kemba Walker, with which it is intended, at least, to improve the results of last year, very marked by setbacks and finished in the first round of playoffs after losing to the Brooklyn Nets.

Starting point guard with Schroder off the bench

The extension has been accompanied by more implications and rumors. According to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, the Celtics would have planned to use Smart as a starting point guard for next season, in which Ime Udoka will debut on the bench. A fact that would lead Schroder to his well-known role as a substitute, where he shone in the Oklahoma City Thunder. After starting as a starter in the Lakers, then, he would once again exploit his characteristics as a differential player, and more offensive, from the second row. An option that, in the Los Angeles franchise, likewise, he completely rejected, being one of his main demands. The German guard, on the other hand, ended up with the Celtics after a disappointing summer for his interests. Before starting the last playoffs, he rejected a renewal with the purple and gold of 84 million for four seasons; now, he has signed 5 million for just the next course. One that, according to Helin, should start from the bench.

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