Smart had been shopping around for a second opinion on his right thumb, as both he and the Celtics hoped he could return sometime this season. Getting surgery to repair the torn tendon could make that difficult, but many feared it would be necessary.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that indeed Smart would need the procedure, and that he was having it done right away in hopes he can get back on the floor this postseason.
Smart is on a long injury list for the Celtics right now, and he joins Gordon Hayward as someone unlikely to suit up again this season despite desperately wanting to do so. Kyrie Irving also has surgery looming, though Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said it isn’t necessary for that surgery to happen this summer.
Smart was actually a big name in the trade market last month, but he became an important piece for Boston as injuries with the team mounted. Now the Celtics will have to hope they have a long playoff run and he recovers from surgery in time to join them on the floor later this spring.