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Restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart has agreed to a contract to return to the Boston Celtics, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
Per the report, the contract is for four years and $52 million. Smart, 24, was a restricted free agent, giving the Celtics the right to match any offer he received from another team. He received none, as opposing teams seemed to know the Celtics would match.
“After a contentious start to negotiations, Smart’s agent, Happy Walters, and the Celtics brass made significant progress in recent days to ensure Smart remained in Boston. Smart and Walters met with the Celtics’ front office and ownership on Thursday in Boston to finalize the agreement,” Yahoo Sports reported, citing sources.
Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 54 games last season, his fourth in the league, all with the Celtics. Along with the Celtics, he met with the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies, according to Yahoo Sports.
Smart was selected by the Celtics with the No. 6 overall pick in 2014.