Daniel Theis Jokes With Marcus Smart After Celtics Trade


Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics have already made some pretty big strides this summer. They signed free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari after he was waived by the San Antonio Spurs, then struck a deal with the Indiana Pacers by netting combo guard Malcolm Brogdon.

In the deal with Indiana, the Celtics sent five players and a first-round pick. They shipped Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Juwan Morgan, Nik Stauskas and Malik Fitts. Of those five, Theis was the only one who ever received significant minutes.

Last season was Theis’ second stint with the Celtics and this deal was also the second time he was traded by the team. During his time in Boston, Theis formed strong relationships with most of his teammates. When he was traded, Marcus Smart said goodbye in a tweet, but Theis responded with some heated quips.

“First, @smart_MS3 You have to take me along for card games as a teammate @Grant2Will and @dwhite921 Money 🤣 Secondly, the last time we all played UNO on the plane you quit and left the table 🤣🤣”, Theis tweeted.

Apparently Smart isn’t a very good sport when it comes to UNO. Theis had to call him for it. This was in response to Smart’s farewell tweet, in which he poked fun at Theis and their off-court friendship.

Smart’s tweet to Theis After Trade

In Theis’ defense, Smart initiated the banter. When Theis was traded to the Pacers, Smart tweeted goodbye to him and the rest of his now-former teammates. While Nesmith, Staukas, Fitts and Morgan said their goodbyes as usual, Smart added a little more spice to his message to Theis.

“I wish my teammates Aaron, Malik, Nik and Juwan all the best. They made it every day and that’s why they’re winners! And ya ya ya @dtheis10 You still can’t beat me at a deck of cards. Be really great as always. Always famous”, Smart tweeted.

At this point, Theis and Smart have been teammates for three full seasons and two half-seasons. They spent three years together in Boston from 2017 to 2020, but Theis was then traded to the Chicago Bulls during the 2020-21 season. However, he was then brought back by the Celtics last season (only to be traded again).

But while Smart will clearly miss his friend Theis (and vice versa), he’s also excited for Brogdon to join the team.

Smart welcomes Brogdon to Boston

After Brogdon was traded, Smart offered his warm welcome on Twitter. He tweeted Brogdon and Gallinari, welcoming them to town and expressing his anticipation for next season.

“Man REALLY excited about the moves we did today!! want to greet @gallinari8888 and @Malcolm Brogdon7 to bean town ☘️… #banner18 is all I’m thinking about!!” Smart tweeted.

It’s clear that even though Theis is moving to another city, Smart and the rest of the Celtics are poised for the start of next season. Both Brogdon and Gallinari should be able to help them a great deal in their quest to bring another title to Boston.

But in the meantime, Smart and Theis will likely continue to bicker over board games on Twitter.

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