Danny Ainge Says The Celtics ‘Absolutely Need’ Kyrie Irving And Gordon Hayward

Lawrence Cooper
May 30, 2018

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BOSTON - Marcus Smart walked out of the TD Garden, perhaps for the final time, lamenting squandered opportunities and wondering aloud whether he has played his last game as a Boston Celtic.

Instead of seeing the Celtics get past the Cavs, Pierce witnessed Boston shoot horribly from the field, while James was putting up another tremendous playoff performance. But that being said, I want to be in Boston. "If this playoff run and all the series of the Playoffs didn't show that, I don't know what does". "I want to be here, I love the city, I love this team". You don't find guys like that.

The Celtics look forward to having both Hayward and Irving in the fold for similarly meaningful moments in the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. "Right now, I'm not really thinking about that, to be honest with you". I love the atmosphere it gives off.

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"Danny emphasizes all the time how much he loves me as a player and emphasized how much they want me here", Smart said. Speaking from the guard spot alone (and in less than a year), Ainge moved on from Isaiah Thomas when a max contract loomed and traded Avery Bradley before a contract year. Given the lack of teams with the resources and desire to add a player with Smart's skill set, it seems unlikely he'd get the sort of offer that would make it prohibitive for the Celtics to bring him back.

"In Boston, our ownership group has been fantastic". "There's going to be a lot of players next year, so I'm not 100 percent sure where I fit totally yet". With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving joining Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford, the Celtics know they have one of the premier starting units in the National Basketball Association.

Smart will be eligible to receive offers from other teams but the Celts will be able to match and sign him to an extension if they wish.

The biggest issue for the Celtics this year is holding onto guard Marcus Smart, who is a restricted free agent and expected to draw offers of $12 million to $14 million.

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