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Smart, Celtics shake on $52M deal

Restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Boston Celtics, ending a contentious month between the two sides. Smart was reportedly frustrated by the lack of contact from the Celtics, who were reportedly involved in talks to acquire Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard before he was shipped to Toronto on Wednesday. Smart, 24, just completed his fourth season with the franchise and said he preferred to stay with the Celtics, who drafted him sixth overall in 2014.

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Sources: Marcus Smart agrees to 4-year, $52M contract with Celtics

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Restricted free agent Marcus Smart has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract to re-sign with the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo Sports. 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.

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Report: Marcus Smart Agrees to Four-Year, $52 Million Contract To Remain With Celtics

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In a long-awaited deal, the Boston Celtics have re-signed Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Smart and his agent, Happy Walters, met with the Celtics in Boston on Thursday to finalize the contract. Smart was a restricted free agent coming off of the 2017-18 season.

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Jabari Parker unafraid of history, expectations that come with Chicago’s homegrown stars: ‘There’s no fear’

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The Chicago sunlight followed Jabari Parker as he walked through the East Atrium doors of the United Center, facing Michael Jordan's statue before meeting with the media, introduced as a member of the Bulls for the first time. Parker re-enters Chicago as the No. 2 pick of the the 2014 draft the Milwaukee Bucks allowed to walk without compensation despite holding the cards through restricted free agency, damaged goods on the floor but not giving the Bulls a discount to don that white, red and black jersey he's always dreamed of wearing. "There were other teams but as soon as I heard Chicago, I just jumped on it," Parker said.

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NBA notebook: Spurs finally trade Leonard, ship him to Toronto

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San Antonio shipped Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick on Wednesday, ending a standoff of nearly seven months of off-court drama for the Spurs. Leonard requested a trade after a meeting with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

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Bean: Everything is turning up Celtics this week

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There have been a lot of great days in Celtics history: The day they won their first title. The day they won their 17th title. The day they got the 76ers to draft Markelle Fultz. The day a brave fan first yelled at Ben Simmons to shoot a 3, coward. MORE

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kawhi Leonard finally traded; Marcus Smart back to the Celtics?

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1:26 – Marcus Smart and the Celtics are reportedly finalizing a 4 year contract. A. Sherrod Blakey and Kyle Draper join Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss the deal and debate if the Celtics are overpaying for Smart.6:17 – Kawhi Leonard has finally

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Isaiah Thomas cites ‘loyalty’ in reaction to Raptors trading DeMar DeRozan

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Isaiah Thomas knows a thing or two about getting traded against his wishes. Last August, the Celtics blindsided the 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team selection by shipping him to the Cavs. On Wednesday, the Raptors traded DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

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NBA rumors: Marcus Smart, Celtics finalizing hefty contract extension

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It appears the Celtics are willing to pay up for Marcus Smart. Boston is finalizing a four-year contract with the combo guard in the range of $48 million to $52 million, Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reported Wednesday, citing a source. The restricted free agent averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals over 54 games last season.

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Report: Smart, Celtics closing in on contract

The Boston Celtics are in serious talks with the agent for guard Marcus Smart, a restricted free agent, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Smart, 24, just completed his fourth season with the franchise and said he prefers to stay with the Celtics, who drafted him sixth overall in 2014. After the Celtics were ousted from the playoffs, Smart said he was worth in excess of $12-14 million a season.

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