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Done Deal: Celtics officially sign Marquis Daniels

The waiting period has concluded and as Zach Lowe reported yesterday, the Celtics as expected have made the Marquis Daniels signing officially earlier this afternoon, according to the team website. The signing comes after a month of failed attempts by Boston to acquire Daniels via a sign and trade deal in order to increase Daniels salary, avoid using the biannual exception and dump some overpriced talent at the bottom of the roster (Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine).

Unsurprisingly, these attempts to work a deal stalled due to the harsh economic conditions throughout the NBA, and a lack of attractive Celtic trade chips. This caused the team to throw in the towel on the attempted manuever and settle for signing the unrestricted free agent outright. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but reports indicate the team used their full biannual exception worth 1.99 million to sign Daniels to a one year deal.

Now that the signing is a done deal, the speculation can ramp up over what role Daniels will be playing on the Celtic roster next year. Backup PG to Rondo or providing some additional rest  for Paul Pierce at the 3? What role would you rather see him in?

The team’s press release about the signing courtesy of Celtics.com:

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has signed free agent guard Marquis Daniels to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We feel that Marquis’ ability to play multiple positions will add great versatility and athleticism to our team,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.

Daniels spent last season with the Indiana Pacers and averaged a career-high 13.6 points and a career-high 4.6 rebounds per game. The former Auburn Tiger scored 20-or-more points 12 times during the 2008-09 season. Daniels would also post career-highs in points (733), rebounds (248), field goals made (311) and attempted (689). The 6’6, 200lbs guard posted all of these career-highs while appearing in just 54 games (43 starts). During his rookie campaign with Dallas in 2003-04, Daniels was named to the All-Rookie Second team. Despite playing limited time until March, Daniels would impress over the final 24 games of the season averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.50 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. Daniels would rank eighth among rookies in scoring (8.5 ppg) and would lead all rookies in field goal percentage (.494). Daniels has made three trips to the postseason and has posted career averages of 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 36 career games. Daniels best postseason came during his rookie campaign when he averaged 15.8 points in five games.

  • jeremy hitchcock

    2007-08 season: What's been the bigger surprise, Daniels' from-nowhere arrival as a rookie free agent in 2004, or the ongoing meltdown of his career ever since? He still has the same skill set he used to such great effect in his first year in Dallas, but somehow he has turned into half as good a player.

    He's 27 and should be at the prime of his career, but his past two seasons have been easily the two worst of his career. The weird part is that his usage rate and rebound rate haven't changed at all — he just makes fewer shots now and turns the ball over more. Daniels' TS% slumped to 48.5 percent, ranking him 57th among the league's 63 shooting guards, while his turnover ratio ranked 54th. Though he still rebounds fairly well for the position, especially offensively, nothing in his record really offset the turnovers and bad shooting.

    Daniels dipped to 43.0 percent from the floor, aided in part by Jim O'Brien's emphasis on 3-pointers — he's a career 25.2 percent marksman from downtown, but tried 102 last season, nearly as many as in the previous four years combined. And his percentage on 2-pointers also dipped, as did his free-throw tries — continuing the steady decline since his breakout rookie year.

    Scouting report: Daniels is 6-6 but handles the ball like a point guard and has played there at times, including last season for the Pacers. He has a great feel for scoring close to the basket and the size to finish around bigger players, even though he isn't a great athlete. He's shot over 50 percent in the basket area each of the past three seasons, an unusual feat for a guard. Unfortunately, he needs to shoot well from that close in because he's such a poor outside shooter.

    When Daniels is going good people say he's smooth … and when he's not, people say he's coasting. One wonders if he could be a bit more engaged in the proceedings, especially on defense where he appears both soft and somewhat disinterested.

    2008-09 outlook: The drafting of Brandon Rush might spell the end of the Daniels experiment in Indy, as his inability to shoot makes him a bad fit in O'Brien's system as anything more than a fourth guard. The primary appeal of Daniels this season is his expiring $6.9 million contract, one that figures to put Indiana in the thick of the free-agent market of '09 … unless it's packaged with Rasho Nesterovic sooner.

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    he and TA are practically the same player but Daniel maybe a little less erratic

  • jeremy hitchcock

    am i the only one who thinks daniels is only an upgrade in the fact he has a better handle and better passer but TA gets to the line and a more efficient scorer and a better defender

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