Report: Celtics, Smart looking at four-year deal
NBA.com Global on Jul 19, 2018 07:56 AM
BOSTON, MA - MAY 2: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics goes for a lay up during the game against the Washington Wizards during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
The Boston Celtics could be close to a deal with free agent guard Marcus Smart, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Happy Walters, the agent for restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart, are now seriously engaged in contract talks, league sources tell ESPN. Potential deal range is in the four-year, $46M-$50M range, sources tell ESPN. Talks ongoing.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
Celtics GM Danny Ainge is reportedly "seriously engaged in contract talks" with Smart's agent Happy Walters about a potential four-year deal with Boston, according to Wojnarowski.
Smart had been frustrated with the lack of communication with the Celtics at the start of free agency. However, Ainge made it clear last week that Smart was the main focus for Boston this offseason.
“Our priority remains the same,” Ainge said last week. “Our priority is still Marcus [Smart] in free agency, and that’s where we are.”
The 24-year-old guard averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Celtics in 54 games last season. He was a key spark off the Celtics' bench who finished many games with the starting unit because of his elite-level defense.
Smart was drafted by the Celtics with the No. 6 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.