Marcus Smart Sounds Off on Former Celtics Teammate After Trade

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics.

Getty Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart with their former Boston Celtics teammate Daniel Theis.

The Boston Celtics have been pretty active already this offseason. They started off by agreeing to sign Italian forward Danilo Gallinari and followed up with a blockbuster trade, acquiring Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers for five players.

They shipped Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and Daniel Theis, who had been on a journey with the Celtics. Theis spent the first three-and-a-half years of his career in Boston before getting traded to the Chicago Bulls in 2021 and getting traded back to the Celtics from the Houston Rockets in February.

Upon his departure, which marked the second time he was traded by the Celtics, Boston point guard Marcus Smart sent a message to him, in particular. While his goodbye tweet mentioned all of his teammates, Theis received a special message.

“Wishin my teammates Aaron, Malik, Nik, Juwan the very best.  They brought it every day and that’s why they’re winners! And ya ya ya, @dtheis10 u still can’t beat me in any card game. For real- y’all go be great as usual. Always fam,” Smart tweeted.

A couple of hours before he said goodbye to his teammates on Twitter, Smart expressed delight in Brogdon’s joining the squad.

Smart Shows Brogdon Love

Boston trading for Brogdon came as a shock, but it’s a move that should help them compete for an NBA championship next season. And according to Smart’s message to Brogdon (and Gallinari), that’s the only thing he’s focused on.

“Man REALLY excited about the moves we made today!! Want to welcome @gallinari8888 and @MalcolmBrogdon7 to bean town ☘️… #banner18 is all that’s on my mind!!,” Smart tweeted.

Although he appeared in only 36 games last season, Brogdon averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists on 44.8% shooting from the field and 31.2% from behind the three-point line.

The morning after Smart’s tweets, Brogdon appeared to share Smart’s sentiment by tweeting a picture of him dribbling a ball with a Celtics championship banner in the background. The picture was captured “One goal” and included a trophy emoji.

However, while many Celtics fans were quick to pit Smart and Brogdon against each other, proclaiming Brogdon to be the replacement, reports swiftly put those talks to rest.

Brogdon’s Role on Celtics Revealed

After Brogdon was traded to Boston, many believed he would take over as the starting point guard. However, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the Celtics plan to keep Smart as the starting point guard and use Brogdon as their sixth man.

“Per source – C’s goal is to continue with double big lineup, and that Malcolm Brogdon is viewed as a sixth man, behind Marcus Smart,” Murphy tweeted.

As Boston’s starting point guard last season, Smart helped lead them to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. In addition, he won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and made the All-Defensive First Team.

Smart and Brogdon should complement each other nicely, and it looks like they’re both excited to play alongside one another. (Even if Smart appeared sad to see Theis has gone.)

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