He started last season as a huge piece to a title contender. But by the end of the campaign, Marquis Daniels was nothing more than a waste of space at the end of the bench. As his season evaporated in a mixture of injuries and under-production, Daniels lost both his own confidence and Doc Rivers’ trust.
Then why, exactly, are some folks suddenly pondering a Daniels return?
Celtics Hub theorized that Tony Allen’s departure (and the Celtics’ willingness to let it happen) could be a sign that the C’s are more interested in Daniels than we expected. And Comcast’s A. Sherrod Blakely wrote the following:
Allen’s departure means the C’s are more likely to try and bring back Marquis Daniels, who played well prior to suffer a thumb injury.
However, re-signing him won’t be easy.
Daniels, considered one of the biggest free agent steals last summer when he signed with Boston for the bi-annual salary of $1.9 million last season, has plenty of suitors this summer.
In an interview with CSNNE.com last week, Daniels did not rule out a return to Boston.
However, he made it clear that he would explore all options before making a decision on where he would play next season.
“I’m just looking to go somewhere, where I can help out,” Daniels said. “If it’s starting, coming off the bench, I just want to go somewhere and help.”
Look, I wouldn’t even mind Daniels coming back. He’s a far better player than he showed last season. You know that, I know that, and Doc Rivers knows that. Hell, I’d bet even Chris Wallace knows that. But why would Daniels want to come back to the place where he wasted a year of his life? Why would he want to come back to the team, the coach, that benched him last year? I know I wouldn’t. If I were Daniels, I’d be out of Boston before you could say “nice diamond face, dude.”
So while I’m not entirely against re-signing Daniels, I don’t give it a chance in hell of happening. Last year was probably the worst of his entire career. He probably has nightmares about it. There is no way — NO WAY — he wants to return.