If doctors determine Marquis Daniels won’t be able to play again this season, according to the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics will likely buy out his contract to free a roster spot. Hmmm. They don’t trust Von Wafer as a small forward — not at all — and would need to add a wing to replace Daniels in the rotation.
The Globe gives a list of players who could be available free agents after the buy-out period.
Various players could become available as the deadline approaches: Sacramento’s Carl Landry, Washington’s Josh Howard (a player the Celtics have coveted), Cleveland’s Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker, Denver’s Arron Afflalo, Detroit’s Tracy McGrady and Chris Wilcox, the Clippers’ Rasual Butler and Craig Smith, former Milwaukee All-Star Michael Redd, and New York swingman Roger Mason.
There are actually some intriguing names on that list, no? I’d be okay with Moon, Parker, Afflalo, McGrady, or Butler, and — if they hadn’t died many moons ago — I’d be okay with Michael Redd or Josh Howard, too. Craig Smith and Carl Landry aren’t small forwards, so they don’t fit in Boston (even if they’re both talented, if immensely undersized [height-wise only], post players).
Best case scenario (I think?), doctors determine Daniels will miss no more than a month, meaning he’d return healthy in plenty of time for the playoffs. Worst case scenario, Daniels can’t return and gets bought out, so the Celtics coax Adam Morrison off the streets to continue his NBA career — if you can call it a career.
Just kidding, guys. Morrison, like Josh Howard and Michael Redd, actually passed away quite some time ago.