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Maybe Marquis Daniels saved Danny Ainge’s life once. Maybe he loaned Danny a lot of money when times were rough. Maybe Danny’s just being a nice guy.
Marquis Daniels finally signed with the Celtics Tuesday, but just for the biannual exception of $1.99 million. Ainge had originally sought a sign and trade for Daniels with the Indiana Pacers, but Ainge couldn’t find a third team willing to eat the contract of Tony Allen ($2.5 million). What does that say about Tony Allen? Well that’s a story for another day.
Ainge was desperately seeking any avenue to give Daniels a bit more money, but just couldn’t find a suitor for Allen, so Daniels had to settle for just $1.99 million. With the addition of Daniels, the Celtics roster is now complete, and the team looks very deep.
A versatile swingman, the 6’6″ Daniels will come off the bench this season to give Paul Pierce and Ray Allen rests. Pierce and Allen needed rest in the playoffs but the Celtics didn’t have many other options, so the pair was over-extended and the Celtics were bounced in the second round.
Now, the Celtics are stacked with depth at each position after the acquisitions of Rasheed Wallace, Shelden Williams, and Daniels, and the re-signing of Glen “Big Baby” Davis. They even get to keep Brian Scalabrine! (Well, for now they do. Considering he’s now just another expiring contract worth $3.413 million, he could be used as good trade bait by February’s trade deadline).
In all, it was a pretty exciting offseason for the Celtics…but the month of August was quite boring. The only newsworthy Celtics item of the month was Rick Pitino’s sexual exploits. But, I have to admit, that’s a pretty newsworthy story.