Danny Ainge Reacts To Marcus Smart Re-Signing With Heartwarming Tweet

Doug Mendoza
July 21, 2018

He averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists in 54 regular-season games last season.

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics looks on after being defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Six of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. His defensive versatility, knack for passing and character off the court were vital to the Boston Celtics success.

In June, the Celtics reportedly offered the guard a $6.05 million qualifying offer but Smart was seeking a contract in the $12-14 million range annually.

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Something like the four-year, $52-million contract Smart agreed upon Thursday, according to league sources, always felt like a logical conclusion for these occasionally bumpy negotiations. Due to the $13 million average annual value, many in the community view the deal as an overpay. With that said, Marcus Smart's situation was odd, even by that lofty standard.

Smart indeed is one-of-a-kind, a career 36 percent shooter (and 29.3 percent 3-point shooter) who still is one of the Celtics' most important players because of his defense, playmaking ability and all-around grit.

Put succinctly by Celtics president of basketball operations and general manager Danny Ainge, "his intensity is unmatched". (Terry Rozier would be a restricted free agent if no extension is reached).

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