It has been a tumultuous summer for Marcus Smart, from dealing with his mother Camilla's fight against cancer to navigate the uncertainty of his first free agency experience.
However, the celtic warden gained some certainty about his future yesterday by agreeing to a four-year, 52 million dollar contract with Celtics. The deal is fully guaranteed, and unlike some reports, it is not frontloaded. It contains several smaller incentives, including a bonus for reporting at a certain weight.
Smart day was enriching, but not without problems. He developed flu-like symptoms during the signing process and was taken into New England Baptist Hospital and put on IV fluids.
Smart returns to the only NBA team he ever wanted to play for.
Although there were times During the process when Smart only intended to believe that his future could lead to another city, he was specifically invited by a Celtics official's word. When coach Brad Stevens told Celtics media during the NBA Summer League that he wanted his best defensive players back, the words hit a chord with Smart.
"Comments from Brad Stevens really helped," says Kenny Boren, Smart's high school coach and director of his youth camp. "Coach Stevens has a special place with Marcus. This was his first big contract year, and at the end of the day Marcus is very pleased."
Smart and his agent, Happy Walters, met Danny Ainge and the rest of the Celtics leadership yesterday Auerbach Center in Brighton.
"He's happy, really happy, because he loves this in Boston," Walters said. "The contract is fair for him and the team."
Celtics reached out earlier this week when the NBA summer was lowered and after Smart and Ainge exchanged short greetings after Celtics win over Charlotte on July 9th. 1
Smart had been clearly upset by the team's lack of contact, a fear associated with the lack of credible offers from other teams. But as other players from their draft class signed new offers, especially Utah's Dante Exum and Chicago's Zach LaVine, Smart began to sneak.
The deal is slightly higher than the four-year, $ 50 million extension made by the team in October, a deal that Smart resigned and placed its value more in $ 15 million a year. And when Ainge stuck in the team's $ 6.05m qualifying offer early in the free agency, Smart took the team's lack of movement personally. But there was much going on in Smart's life, especially his mother's treatment of bone marrow cancer.
"It was a combination of things," said Boren. "He was down and disappointed because he loves the Celtics, and then he was with his mother. It was just an emotional time for him. But you have no idea how big this is for him. He has gone through a lot This summer is a limited free agent, but he is a Celtic, and he has always loved it. It's a rough society that reflects how he plays and they appreciate how he plays. "