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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics cheers from the bench during the second half of their game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have made it official and have confirmed that point guard Marcus Smart is staying with the C’s by way of a multi-year extension.

Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released, but it was first reported that Smart’s extension was a four-year max contract worth $77.1 million.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to extend Marcus, and thankful that he has chosen to remain a Celtic,” Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens said in a statement. “In his seven years in Boston, he has made a big impact, on and off the court. It is not a coincidence that every team he’s played on has been in the playoffs, with several series wins throughout the years. He adds to winning on both ends of the floor, and competes with a grit and toughness that few match.”

“There’s nowhere else I’d rather play and no other fans I’d rather play in front of,” Smart said. “I love Boston, and Boston loves me. We’ve had some great moments and success in my time here, but there’s more to accomplish. I’m ready to put that Celtics jersey back on and get to work out on the Parquet with my teammates.”

Now the team’s starting point guard following the offseason trade of Kemba Walker, the 27-year-old Smart is coming off a 48-game 2020-21 season that included career-high marks in points (13.1) assists (5.7), and minutes played (32.9) per game.

Smart has also been selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team twice in his career (2018 through 2020), making him the first Celtic to earn All-Defensive First Team honors in consecutive seasons since Kevin Garnett (2007 through 2009).

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