Danny Ainge on potential Marcus Smart extension: We have had conversations

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart surprised a lot of people this week when he said the Celtics have yet to contact him or his agent for negotiations about a possible extension.

“Me and my agent haven’t heard anything from the Celtics,” Smart said after another impressive preseason performance on Monday. “And, like you said, a week (before) the deadline and everybody else out here, and you’re seeing everybody else’s numbers and things like that. So we’re just kind of waiting.”

However, Danny Ainge denied that he hadn't spoken with Smart about an extension after playing in a Shamrock Foundation fundraiser at the Old Sandwich Golf Club on Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t say we haven’t started talking," Ainge said when asked about Smart's remarks. "We have had some conversations, but we haven’t really got into negotiating. But we’ve had conversation.”

When asked to further elaborate on those remarks, Ainge played it close to the vest: