Marcus Smart has agreed to a four-year, $77 million extension deal with the Boston Celtics, according to multiple reports.
The deal does not include a player option and begins with the 2022-23 season. It is the maximum allowable off Smart’s $14.3 million salary for the 2021-22 season.
Smart has played for seven years in the NBA, all with the Celtics. He was drafted sixth overall in 2014.
The 27-year-old averaged 13.1 points, 5.7 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 32.9 minutes lasts season.
Over the last three years, he shot 34.8 percent from the 3-point range. He was an NBA All-Defense first-teamer in 2019 and 2020.
Smart was due to enter his unrestricted free agency in two seasons. However, he will continue playing with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown if the extension is confirmed.
Previously in an interview with a Boston radio station, head coach Ime Udoka said Smart was a crucial part of his squad.
“I’ve spent time with all three of those guys [Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Smart],” said Udoka. “They all bring something different to the team. What Marcus brings is invaluable. [He’s] the heart and soul of the team at times… Marcus has that edge and toughness about him. The things he brings to your team are the things you love every player to bring. You hate playing against him, but you want him on your side.”