Celtics' Marcus Smart Thinks He's Worth More Than $14 Million Per Season


"Danny emphasises all the time how much he loves me as a player and emphasised how much they want me here", Smart said. "We think that he'll be playing basketball in the next couple months".

"I'm just not sure", Morris told The Boston Globe in the wake of the Celtics being eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.

If Hayward can successfully get back to playing like his former self next season, the Celtics will nearly assuredly be the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

But he also said: "You never know what opportunities will present themselves".

But based on his exit interview Monday with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens, Smart said he feels good about his future as a Celtic. Those guys would give anything to be out there and play. "I been here for four years; my heart's here".

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics warms up prior to playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games in his first season in Boston. "And I think that we've been managing the payroll pretty well up to this point, and we know that there's some really big, tough decisions going forward". "And there's no guarantee that those deals are there", Ainge said.

Things could certainly change if a star player becomes available on the open market over the offseason, but for the time being the Celtics look more than committed to their current promising roster. "That's going to eat at all of us for a while".

Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier did not shoot well in Game 7, but with Tatum, they all produced when the team needed them after Hayward and Irving got hurt.

Morris, the 14th overall pick in 2011, has played for the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns in addition to the Pistons and Celtics.

"You need a deep bench as we found out this year", Ainge said.

Smart said it was Ainge who has given him confidence he'll be back in Boston next season.