Former Boston Celtics Summer League guard Trey Davis, who played with the team during their July 2018 run in Las Vegas, believes recently-traded fan-favorite point guard Marcus Smart will one day return to the team in some capacity — telling Boston Sports Journal’s Bobby Manning as much in Stoughton, Massachusetts on July 2 during a YoungGameChanger foundation event.
“I don’t think it’s a goodbye, it’s more of a see you later,” Davis said. “Though he’s not here on the court, he’s still gonna be here inspiring these kids and these people here in the city of Boston. I can’t stress enough, he’s a hero out here … how he takes his time out to do certain things that he doesn’t have to do. That’s what I respect the most out of him. He’s not a big social media guy, he’s not into all that. He’s just willing to help, and if nobody knows, he doesn’t care … the reaction he gets from people, kids in hospitals, for the cereal, when he came out with the cereal, those kids were screaming for him, it’s a great sight to see. I’m with him every day, so for me, it’s different, but for these people who get to see him one time in their life, or maybe a couple of times, to see the love that they give him, it’s a beautiful thing.”
Smart is under contract until the 2025 offseason. While the Celtics don’t figure to have meaningful cap space anytime soon, it seems plausible that the front office will do what it takes to bring No. 36 back into the fold as soon as possible.
Brad Stevens’ President of Basketball Operations tenure has been littered with Boston Celtics reunions
Bringing back Al Horford was the first move of Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens’ transition from head coach to front office executive. He would later bring back Luke Kornet and Daniel Theis.
Thus far, Stevens hasn’t shied away from bringing back former players, and while we haven’t seen the oft-discussed Isaiah Thomas reunion the franchise seemingly needs for karma’s sake, a Smart reunion feels very real in the not-so-distant future.