Guard Marcus Smart is eligible to receive a contract extension prior to the Oct. 16 deadline, but Smart on Monday night said the Celtics have not had any contract discussions with him or his representatives.
“You’re seeing everybody else’s numbers and things like that,” Smart said, “so we’re just kind of waiting.”
The fourth-year guard is still just 23 years old but he is the most tenured Celtic. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds last season, although he made just 28.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. After the season, the Celtics encouraged him to slim down a bit, and the guard lost 17 pounds and has looked more spry and athletic during the preseason.
He remains hopeful that the Celtics will seek an extension in the coming week. If the sides do not agree to a deal, Smart would be a restricted free agent next summer.
“I would love to [sign an extension],” Smart said. “I love Boston. I was drafted here. I’m the longest tenured Celtic. The city is great, this organization is great. I would love to be here. Like I said, we’re just waiting.”