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Marcus Smart agrees to four-year, $77.1 million extension with Celtics

Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets - Game Five

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Five of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 01, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

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Marcus Smart is staying in Boston.

As was expected, the two-time All-Defensive Team point guard has agreed to a four-year, $77.1 million contract extension to stay as the heart of the Celtics personality and defense. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news:

Then Smart himself confirmed it on Twitter and Instagram.

Pardon the pun, but this is a smart move by Boston. Smart is exactly the kind of role player that helps teams win rings.

This contract is the max extension that Boston could offer, starting at 120% of his current salary with 8% raises and some makable incentives. It also eats into Boston’s cap space in future years, meaning any other big stars will be coming via trade.

Smart is expected to be the starting point guard for the Celtics next season, with Dennis Schroder playing a more offensive-minded role behind him (new Boston coach Ime Udoka wants to see more playmaking from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and in that setting Smart is a great fit at the point). Smart averaged a career-high 13.1 points per game last season, shooting 33% from 3. He has improved as a shooter and playmaker, and as long as he keeps improving on that end, this is a win for the Celtics.