Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Marcus Smart Hospitalized With Flu-Like Symptoms After Signing New Contract

Marcus Smart Hospitalized With Flu-Like Symptoms After Signing New Contract

The Celtics will have a consistent presence back on the parquet floor at TD Garden next season after re-signing Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million contract.

After a contentious start to negotiations, Smart's agent, Happy Walters, and the Celtics brass made significant progress in recent days to ensure Smart remained in Boston.

The team was content letting Smart sniff around for an outside offer sheet, believing he wouldn't find anything on the market they would refuse to match. One of them is the Boston Celtics' defensive-minded guard Marcus Smart.

Despite the 2017-18 season being Smart's fourth in Boston, he was the longest-tenured member of the team after being drafted sixth overall in 2014. For the Celtics, the goal was always to keep Smart, a key figure throughout the team's rise to.

He averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists in 54 regular-season games last season. He missed time during the season because of a right hand injury after punching a glass frame, and then suffered a torn UCL in his right thumb in mid-March diving for a loose ball.

In his four-year National Basketball Association career, he's averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

The 24-year-old was initially valued between $12-to-16 million annually and wound up getting a fair bit over the lower end, a hefty $13 million per year for his services.

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