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Marcus Smart reacts after re-signing with Celtics: ‘This is a blessing’

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Marcus Smart luckily got over his stomach flu on Friday afternoon and had an opportunity to hold court with the media for the first time since signing his four-year, $52 million deal on Thursday after it was delayed by a day.

"I'm ecstatic," Smart said on a conference call. "This is a blessing. Never in a million years did I [think] I’d be able to play for the Boston Celtics. Growing up watching them and the historic franchise they had and to be part of an organization that had a winning culture is something you’ll never forget and you’ll always remember."

The 15-minute conference call covered a variety of topics relating to the negotiations and what lies ahead for a Celtics roster that has all of its important pieces returning for next season. Here are a few highlights of the back and forth: