Celtics add depth with Marquis Daniels

7/19/09 in NBA   |   guylake   |   321 respect

Marquis Daniels is set to join the reloaded Boston Celtics after coming to an agreement with the team on Friday night. Details of  the deal are not yet finalized. The Pacers declined to pick up Daniel's option last month, making the swingman available. We had reported  that the Celtics were very interested in Jamario Moon but also that Moon's price was going to be prohibitive.

It looks like the Celtics have gone with Plan B and found their back up for Paul Pierce. Daniels had the best season of his career last year, getting a big bump in minutes after Mike Dunleavy Jr. injured his knee. He averaged career-highs in minutes (31.5), points (13.6), rebounds (4.6) and blocks (0.5). Barring an injury to Pierce, he won't duplicate those numbers but will provide defense (Daniels has averged less than a steal per game only once in his career) and athleticism.

There have been questions about his motor and consistency. He has also been injured-prone through his career. Larry Bird told the Indianapolis media two seasons ago, "I look at Marquis Daniels and Marquis is not playing at a level I thought he would play at. He’s been up and down.”

It 's Bird's former team who will see if they can turn that around. Pointing to last year's production, Daniels might say he already has.
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