Boston also has significant financial motivation to keep Smart's salary low, as it could easily push the team into the luxury tax. In fact, the postseason was yet another chucking kind of stretch for the 6-foot-4 Smart, as he ended the playoffs with a 33.6 percent mark from the field (and Celtic-low 22.1 percent from behind the arc) in 15 games.
"To be honest, I'm worth more than 12-14 million", Smart told ESPN. If this playoff run and all the series of the playoffs didn't show that, then I don't know what does. "We've just established that me being here is a big deal and that's what (I) want as well".
"I'm on fire about this team", Grousbeck told Bulpett. "That never really happened to me as a player, so I'm not sure I understand, but I could see it in their eyes all year when Gordon was out". But his absence on the Boston bench was noted when the Celtics played his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, Ainge doesn't want to see either player leave the Celtics this summer.
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With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving coming back from injuries to join fellow All-Star Al Horford and young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics general manager doesn't really need to do much to give the NBA's most-decorated franchise a chance at its 18th title.
"Danny emphasizes all the time how much he loves me as a player and emphasized how much they want me here". I know you was there ready to laugh and celebrate and hand out the trophy.
"In Boston, our ownership group has been fantastic". "I had a lot of fun leading these guys this year when I had to step up, next year it will play itself out the right way".
Though Marcus Smart is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, he's confident he will remain with the Boston Celtics.
Smart will be eligible to receive offers from other teams but the Celts will be able to match and sign him to an extension if they wish.