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Following his worst season in the NBA, Marquis Daniels signed a one-year deal to stay in Boston for the 2010-2011 season.
Daniels, 29, scored an abysmal 5.6 points-per-game in just 51 games last season. After the Celtics signed the former Dallas Maverick and Indiana Pacer last September, many thought he was going to be a lot more effective then he proved to be.
Daniels never got into a rhythm and before long Doc Rivers had the 6’6” swingman on the end of the bench. With Tony Allen departing, the Celtics are in much need of replacement to play behind Paul Pierce. But it still remains to be seen whether or not Daniels is capable enough to fill that role.
When on the court, Daniels can bring a lot to the table. Daniels can defend both guards and small forwards, along with being able to bring the ball up the court offensively. Coincidentally, Daniels posted a career high scoring the basketball in 2008-2009, averaging 13.6 points-per-game.
The contract, which is worth $2.5 million over one season, is a low-risk, high-reward deal for the Celtics. On one hand, if Daniels continues not to gel with the team, the Celtics did not invest into a long-term deal or put themselves in a short-term financial bind. Contrary, if Daniels finally lives up to prior expectations, the Celtics find a cheap, formidable replacement for Allen.
The signing of free agent Jermaine O’Neal may have triggered this re-signing for Boston. O’Neal played with Daniels for two seasons in Indiana. The two seemed to have chemistry when playing together and they will look to build off that again this season as both will see minutes off the bench.
The Celtics continue to be busy this off-season and all signs point to Danny Ainge and the front office to continue to make moves to improve their 15-man roster.