After Marquis Daniels laid onthe court motionless Feb. 6 against the Orlando Magic and ultimately underwent surgery to his spinal cord, it’s unbelievable that he will return to an NBA basketball court at all. And he’ll almost certainly do so with the Boston Celtics. (Boston Globe)
The Celtics are close to bringing back free agent forward Marquis Daniels, according to two league sources.
Daniels, whose 2010-11 season was halted by a bruised spinal cord, is expected to be here today for a physical. Teams can begin signing players tomorrow at 2 p.m.
I don’t want to get my hopes up too high about Daniels’ performance. He’s a solid wing who makes cuts with the intelligence of a basketball guru, doesn’t make mistakes very often and occasionally abuses mismatches with the fury of a drunken hothead. But he’s also coming off spinal surgery, he couldn’t shoot if he were holding a gun at the firing range, and he often succumbs to a maddening tendency to disappear.
That said, I love Daniels. He’s a good locker room guy, he’ll make the minimum, he fills one of the 1,579 roster spots Danny Ainge needs to fill ASAP and there’s a potential upside to Daniels’ signing which the Celtics couldn’t get from most minimum free agents out there.