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Marcus Smart, Celtics Reportedly Agree to 4-Year, $77.1M Max Contract Extension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 17, 2021

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) in action against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of Game 5 during an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics are staying together for the foreseeable future. 

Per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, Smart has agreed to a four-year extension worth $77.1 million that will keep him with the Celtics through the 2025-26 season. 

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has agreed to a four-year, $77.1 million max contract extension with the franchise, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The fully guaranteed deal through 2025-26 includes a trade kicker.

Smart appeared to confirm the deal on social media:

marcus smart @smart_MS3

☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️ + ☘️☘️☘️☘️

He also posted "Let's got 4 more..." on Instagram.

Boston got an early start on offseason trade activity by agreeing to send Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a second-round pick in 2023. 

Swapping Walker's salary ($36 million) for Horford's ($26.5 million) gave the Celtics an additional $9.5 million in cap space to use on roster improvements this summer. 

Brown was used in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks to acquire Josh Richardson. 

Smart was set to enter the final season of his previous contract that pays him $13.8 million. The 27-year-old set career highs in scoring (13.1 points per game) and assists (5.7) in 48 appearances last season. 

Even though Smart is not an efficient scorer, his defensive ability has made him one of the most valuable all-around players in the NBA. The Oklahoma State alum was named to the All-Defensive first team in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. 

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Another big part of Smart's success in the NBA is his versatility. He has appeared in 449 games in the past seven seasons, with 228 of those coming in the starting lineup. The Celtics have used him at point guard and shooting guard. 

Brad Stevens, who is in his first season as Boston's president of basketball operations, knows very well what Smart is capable of doing and how important he is to the franchise's success. 

By committing to the Celtics now, Smart has given the franchise more flexibility to flesh out its roster for the short and long term around a trio of himself, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. 

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