During the offseason, Boston Celtics fan favorite — and heart and soul of the team –, Marcus Smart, was traded away to the Memphis Grizzlies for the sake of landing Kristaps Porzingis. Now, the deal seems like a slam dunk; painful as it was back then for most Cs fans. Sometimes in life, you have to make hard decisions because they are simply what is best for you, and trading Smart was just that.
Smart was beloved for his passion, and his work ethic made him the heart and soul of the Celtics, the team that drafted him and watched him grow into becoming a Defensive Player of the Year. It’s not a stretch to say the Cs would certainly be ready to bring back Smart when the time is right in the future.
As time goes along, and should the Grizzlies continue on their current trajectory, we can all be sure that Smart will be itching to return home as well. At times in life, one leaves the nest and explores other areas but we know home is where our heart always belongs.
Marcus Smart should finish his career with the Boston Celtics
The best thing would be for this great Celtic to one day come back and finish his career with the team he loved competing for every night. Smart is an intense competitor and will play his heart out everywhere he goes, but Boston will always be the place he did it first.
Rest assured that in 2026 you’ll see Smart linked to the Boston Celtics in free agency; maybe even at the trade deadline. If Smart were to be traded by the Grizzlies at any point, the timeline for acquiring No. 36 could be expedited significantly.
It’s a waiting game now, and before then, the current team may just add championship hardware to the trophy case.
It’d only be fitting if Smart were to win one with the Celtics one day as well.