Replacing Marquis Daniels with Marquis Daniels

Yesterday, Chris Forsberg at ESPN Boston opined that the Celtics best option for the Celtics might be to bringing back Marquis Daniels:

It seemed a clean break would do both sides well this offseason. But suddenly the Celtics need Daniels, and maybe Daniels needs to prove that last season didn’t reflect the type of player he can be.

With the departure of Tony Allen to Memphis, the Celtics have a monster void at the wing position and free agency has offered little in terms of serviceable replacements, particularly those who will come for the veteran minimum that Boston has to offer.

But then there’s Daniels. While he’s part of that unrestricted free agent group, the Celtics can offer him slightly more than most based on the non-Bird Rights they boast. Much like Nate Robinson, Boston can bring back Daniels at up to 120 percent of his 2009-10 salary, or roughly $2.4 million.

Boston essentially finds itself in a very similar situation to that with Robinson. The team’s first inclination was probably to examine the market and see if it could find an upgrade. But there’s something to be said for a known commodity.

We know Daniels can contribute when he’s healthy, but the guy has never been able to stay healthy. He has only one season under his belt where he played more than 62 game, but there are not a lot of options out there where injury is not a concern. I know Daniels wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice, but when you start hearing the names Larry Hughes and Ime Udoka being tossed around then Marquis Daniels is a lot more appealing.

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Hunter Thomas
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  1. pharmacy tech

    July 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  2. baller chick

    July 22, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I think bring back Daniels is a good thing. He can play, I agree with Brian, last season was not his best, a hic-up. But with Tony Allen gone, Daniels has a chance to pick up his came and get back to the player he was in Dallas and Indiana. Daniels needs to work on his shot. He has work to do but he can play and maybe he is being given another opportunity to show us fans that he still has game and can deliver.

  3. Pat Cusick

    July 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Honestly I will take just about anyone over Daniels. His defense is overrated, he is constantly hurt, and his jump shot is even worse than TAs. I would rather gamble on a Larry Hughes or Ime Udoka then take back a player we know is not helpful.

    • Brian

      July 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      I completely understand. I’d still rather have Daniels than Hughes and Udoka since Daniels knows the system already and his +/- stats were pretty good when he actually played. I also think Daniels is a pretty good finisher when he drives, which he needs to be because, like you said, he has no shot. Last season was his worst in a few years, so I think it could have been a hic-up. Hughes is just as big of an injury risk as Daniels, and I really don’t know Udoka, but his basketball reference page does not thrill me.

      Of the guys I’ve heard linked to the Celtics, my wish list would be: Matt Barnes, Rudy Fernandez, Shaquille O’Neal, Shane Battier, Rasual Butler, and then Marquis Daniels in that order. Maybe I’m just more comfortable with the guy I know.

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