The Boston Celtics have suspended guard Marcus Smart for the team's final preseason game, slated for Friday against the Miami Heat.
Shams Charania of The Athletic had further details.
The Celtics will suspend guard Marcus Smart for Friday's preseason game vs. Miami due to breaching team rule, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Smart and Celtics have discussed the matter, resolved it and he was with the team on road trip in Orlando and now Miami.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 14, 2021
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy updated the situation later in the afternoon.
Smart missed the team flight to Orlando, source tells ESPN. https://t.co/jsE7GlYFkN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 14, 2021
Marcus Smart on his suspension: It's between him and the team— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) October 14, 2021
With the offseason departure of Kemba Walker, Smart is expected to now share the Celtics' starting backcourt duties with newcomer Dennis Schroder. Smart set career-highs last season in points (13.1), assists (5.7) and minutes per game (32.9) across 48 contests, including 45 starts.
Smart is also one of the best defenders in the NBA, as he's averaged at least 1.3 steals per game in each of his first seven professional seasons and has averaged 1.6 thefts per contest in his 449 career games. The 27-year-old was third in the league in steals during the 2018-2019 campaign with 143 and won the NBA Hustle Award that year as well.
Additionally, Smart is a two-time first-team All-NBA defender, earning the nod in 2019 and 2020.
The Celtics open up their 2021-2022 regular season against Walker and the Knicks at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.