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The Boston Celtics and guard Marcus Smart are close to finalizing a four-year deal, according to a report from Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.
Smart averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists this past regular season. He underwent surgery in March for a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Source: #Celtics are finalizing a deal w/RFA Marcus Smart in the range of $48-52M over four years. #Boston loves Smart/believes he plays an integral role in its success. The Celtics are currently at a $115M payroll for next season – their threshold before entering tax is $123M.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 18, 2018
Smart’s free agency got off to a rocky start. Other than basic pleasantries during a Summer League game, Smart had yet to hear from the Celtics since free agency began on July 1 and the rugged defender was frustrated with the lack of outreach from the team.
Smart and his camp met with the Brooklyn Nets in Las Vegas. The Nets and Memphis Grizzlies reached out to the Celtics inquiring about a possible sign-and-trade scenario for Smart.
The Celtics finally contacted Smart’s agent in the last couple of days and negotiations picked up from there.