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Marcus Smart on Thursday re-signed with the Celtics on a four-year, $52 million deal, bringing the team’s most tenured current player back to Boston for the foreseeable future. Smart took part in a media conference call on Friday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights.

ON SIGNING HIS CONTRACT:

“I’m ecstatic. This is a blessing. Never in a million years did I [think] I’d be able to play for the Boston Celtics. Growing up watching them and the historic franchise they had and to be part of an organization that had a winning culture is something you’ll never forget and you’ll always remember.”

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ON WHETHER THERE WAS A POINT HE WAS UNSURE IF HE’D BE BACK WITH THE CELTICS:

“At one moment, I didn’t really know what to think, to be honest, because my main focus has really been on my mom [who is battling cancer] and my family. When you kind of go through adversity or something like this in your family it kind of puts things in perspective and everything else becomes a blur to you and really not that important. To be honest, I didn’t know where I was going to end up. I was just enjoying this whole process and I was taking it in and enjoying it. This is a fun thing, as frustrating as it is, it’s a fun, not many people in the world can say they’re in talks to play for an NBA team to make a dream become a reality and be able to do things they never imagined they could do. This whole time, even with everything that was going on, me not knowing where I was going to end up, was still a fun, exciting part for me.”

Related: Wasburn: Four-year deal is a testament to how much the Celtics wanted Marcus Smart

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ON WHAT HE THOUGHT OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CELTICS:

“This is a business so you can’t get too high or too low on things. Obviously if it’s not coming from direct sources you’re hearing all kinds of things from people. But for me personally, I enjoyed the experience. Even though it’s a frustrating experience. It’s amazing, because not many people can experience it, and there’s a lot of people in this world that would do anything to be in my situation, so I just tried to take that and uses it as an encouragement and a motivator and a positive, not to look at it as a negative. It is a business so things aren’t perfect, and that’s why it’s called negotiating. You guys come together and finally agree on something, and we both agreed Boston loves me and I love Boston. Boston wants me here, I want to be here. I am here, so we made it work.”

ON WHETHER HE WAS DISAPPOINTED BY THE FREE AGENT MARKET:

“I knew it was going to be tough. I educated myself and things like that on it. I knew it was going to be tough this year, but at the same time I knew that I was going to be set no matter what. I knew I was going to be on a team and I’m happy it’s with Boston. I was drafted here, I’ve been here my whole career and I feel like I’m part of the Boston community. I feel like Boston is a second home for me so it’s a good feeling to be here. It was frustrating at times, just because you didn’t know. When you don’t have any sense of what’s going on, that’s the frustrating part, but I knew no matter what happened that I was going to be OK so that gave me that security not to really stress about anything and kind of let things happen the way they were going to happen. If God wanted something to happen, it was going to happen.”

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ON WHETHER HE CONSIDERED TAKING A ONE-YEAR $6 MILLION QUALIFYING OFFER:

“Literally, all my options were open. I didn’t know what to think. I went back and forth internally what to do and that’s just part of it. What better problems to have? This is one problem a lot of people wish they could be having right now. I definitely had thoughts about taking the qualifying offer, but all my options were open. I never closed anything. I just had to wait and see what God had in store for me.”

ON CONTINUING TO TAKE ON A LEADERSHIP ROLE AS THE MOST TENURED CELTIC:

“I think so. I’m one of the youngest guys on this team at the age of 24. We got guys like Al, Kyrie, Gordon, and guys that have been (mumbles), who are a lot older me and have more experience. Those guys are talking to me and asking me about defensive things and saying, ‘How does Brad do this?’ Me being here the longest and when I do talk those guys listen and vice versa. It means a lot to me to see those guys respect me in that factor. I definitely think that with me coming back that I can use that leadership role even more and really grow that way in a leadership role. Those guys are really great with the support. I think it’s going to be a great year because we can learn from one another and we can bounce ideas off each other.”

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Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.