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Celtics Sign Marcus Smart

JULY 10TH: The Celtics have made the signing of Smart official in a team release. Whether he received the full 120% rookie scale salary has yet to be revealed, but presumably that’s the case.

JULY 8TH: The signing took place three days ago, according to Deeks, who adds that an official announcement might not ever take place. The Bulls made no announcement when they signed Derrick Rose to his rookie deal, as Deeks points out (Twitter links).

7:49am: The Celtics have signed Marcus Smart, tweets Mark Deeks of ShamSports. There’s been no public announcement from the team, but Smart has been playing in summer league for the club. As the No. 6 pick from this year’s draft, he’ll likely receive a salary worth slightly more than $3.283MM this year, as our chart of salaries for first-round picks shows.

The 6’3″ Smart finally joins the NBA after a surprising decision to sit out the 2013 draft and return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State. An incident in which he shoved a fan during a game caused a stir, but it didn’t seem to have much of an effect on his draft stock, as he was only the second point guard to come off the board. The Celtics already have Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley in the backcourt, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has expressed confidence that Smart can co-exist on the floor with both of them.

Smart, 20, averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 32.7 minutes per game this past season. He drained just 29.9% of his three-point attempts, prompting Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors, who examined Smart’s Prospect Profile, to point to the improvement of his outside shooting as a key bellwether for his career.

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6 thoughts on “Celtics Sign Marcus Smart

  1. Amiro

    Can anybody explain to me how he’s signed now? I thought that when a player gets drafted and doesn’t get traded (and not playing for a foreign pro club) allready ment they signed him

    • Michael Lopez

      Being drafted doesn’t guarantee a roster spot, all rookies and the teams who chose them need to agree on a first contract.

    • Cam Garrity

      No when a player is drafted they only own their rights. Also there’s a chance they don’t pan out and the go down to the D-League and to make the NBA final roster you have to be under contract and the d-league isn’t affiliated with the team so if you want to send someone down after they have to be under contract or someone else can take him

    • Kevin6CD

      The player actually has to put pen to paper. If the player really doesn’t want to play somewhere, he can hold out, but the team holds his rights until the year the player would have become auto-eligible and would likely be traded to a team that could sign him. This is the case for American college players, and it’s different for international players under contract overseas. Rookies are on a pay scale in the NBA, so there’s not much room for negotiation,. Larry Coon’s CBA FAQs is always a good resource:
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      • HoopsRumors

        Actually, the team that drafts a player holds his rights in perpetuity, unless the team decides to renounce them. That’s why you don’t see a lot of holdouts. Draft picks simply don’t have much choice.


  2. Amiro

    Aight thnx guys, I get the point

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