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Report: Celtics offer Marcus Smart four-year, $77.2 million extension

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 will get the keys to the offense and be the Celtics starting point guard this season (a one-year contract with Dennis Schroder could change that dynamic, but as of now Smart gets the role).

Whether or not Smart is the point guard of the future in Boston is up for debate, but the Celtics want to keep him around and have offered him a contract extension, reports Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

This offer makes sense for Boston on a couple of fronts. Part of it is Smart is at the heart of the Celtics defensive identity and if this team is going to take a step forward next season his play on both ends will be a part of it.

Then there are the roster moves needed to push the Celtics to the next level. While this extension — and a possible extension of the Time Lord Robert Williams — would eat into future cap space, it gives new GM Brad Stevens some options when it comes to making trades for stars who become available (maybe it’s Damian Lillard not seeing enough change in Portland and asking out, but if not him some other superstar will push his way out in the next year).

As Chris Forsberg notes at NBC Sports Boston, the trade value of a non-extended Smart is much lower than that of an extended Smart — a potential trade partner would prefer to have Smart locked down for years. Throw Smart, Al Horford (only $14.5 million guaranteed for 2022-23), and some future first-round picks, and the Celtics are in the conversation for any star that becomes available.

For Smart, there will probably not be more money than this available on the open market. He has other variables to weigh, but in the end this might be an extension that works for him as well.