HoopsHype Marquis Daniels rumors


December 8, 2011 Updates

The Celtics are close to reaching an agreement to bringing back free agent forward Marquis Daniels, according to two sources, giving a second chance to Daniels after a bruised spinal cord brought his 2010-11 season to an abrupt and unfortunate end. Daniels is expected to be in Waltham Thursday for physicals. The free agent period begins Friday along with training camp and teams can begin signing players at 2 p.m. Boston Globe

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The Celtics also have had conversations about Lakers swingman Shannon Brown, Bobcats center Kwame Brown, and former Celtic Marquis Daniels, whose season was cut short when he suffered a bruised spinal cord in a Feb. 6 collision with Magic guard Gilbert Arenas. “It’s something we’re talking about,’’ said agent Mark Bartelstein, who represents all three. “We’re having conversations. Nothing’s been decided yet. We’ll kind of see what happens here over the next couple days. Boston Globe

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Street Basketball Association in partnership with HLA Management is production team for the Southern Hospitality Showcase Atlanta 2011. The event will also include live entertainment including performances and DJ Irie, Official DJ of the Miami Heat. Confirmed NBA Players participating include Marquis Daniels, Rajon Rondo. Jason Terry, Steven Jackson, Nate Robinson, Josh Howard, John Wall, Al Harrington, Josh Selby, Trey Thompkins, Travis Thompkins, and JJ Hickson; with more player announcements scheduled for the coming days. "Attendees can expect a perfect blend of the rawness and athleticism street ball is known best for, and the strategies and techniques of professional ball play. We're going to have a great time and raise money for some very worthy causes," explains Marquis Daniels. PR.com

August 9, 2011 Updates

It is not surprising Daniels, an unrestricted free agent, mentions the C’s as he talks about the next steps in his basketball career. While many players are exploring international options during the lockout, he is focusing first on the NBA. “I definitely would like to be anywhere where a team wants me,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open. I still root for the guys on the Celtics. It’s a great organization. I talk to Paul (Pierce) and Kevin and (Rajon) Rondo and all those guys. So I’d be open to coming back there as well.” CSNNE.com

Daniels heard a voice. In that moment, the most intense player on the court was suddenly the calming assurance he needed. “I just remember I kept hearing Kevin [Garnett] telling me, ‘You’re gonna be alright. You’re gonna be alright,’” Daniels told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. “I was like, ‘I can‘t move.’ He said, ’What do you mean?’ He kept telling me I was gonna be alright. I think that helped me out a lot, just hearing his voice telling me I was going to be alright. I stayed calm, I didn’t panic. “It was a trying time for me. I didn’t take anything for granted. I was going to take everything seriously from now on.” CSNNE.com

Daniels’ shocking fall looked like a freak accident at first glance. After being transported to New England Baptist Hospital, he was initially diagnosed with a bruised spinal cord and was expected to miss at least one month. Further testing, though, revealed he suffered from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves, and can also cause numbness. (He was surprised to learn many injuries sustained during his career, including a nagging thumb injury, were tied back to the condition.) The news meant his return to the court would be put on hold. First spine surgery, then recovery. Daniels, 29, took it all in stride. “Doc [Rivers] told me, ‘I can’t let you play no more like this,’” he recalled. “I was like, ‘That’s fine. Whatever this problem is, I’ve got to get it fixed.’” CSNNE.com

In the meantime, Daniels continues to work toward getting game-ready. He is able to lift weights, shoot, and run – “Considering where I came from, laying down there, couldn’t move, it’s definitely great,” he said – and hopes to be cleared for contact drills this month. His injury in February hasn’t discouraged him from playing tough. He is looking forward to taking his first hard foul. “I’ve got to see how I react to it first,“ he said. “I know it’s going to hurt. . . . Once I get that first hit, that first bump, I’ll be ok.” CSNNE.com

July 26, 2011 Updates

An intriguing free agent option may surface for the Celtics when this NBA lockout finally ends. Former Celtic Marquis Daniels is healthy, working out, and ready for an NBA return, according to agent Mark Bartelstein. Daniels last played for the Celtics Feb. 6, when he collapsed on the TD Garden floor after a what appeared to be a mild collision with Orlando's Gilbert Arenas. Daniels was taken off on a stretcher and later declared out for the season with a spinal condition that required surgery. Boston Globe

"Marquis is doing great," Bartelstein said. "He's working out and going full speed. He's working out and ready to go. He's absolutely ready to go." Boston Globe

July 25, 2011 Updates

A little less than six months after a scary on-court incident threatened his basketball career, former Celtics swingman Marquis Daniels has resumed workouts with the goal of returning to the NBA next season, according to his agent. Daniels suffered a bruised spinal cord during a Feb. 6 visit from the Orlando Magic. After collapsing face-first to the TD Garden floor, paramedics took him from the court on an immobilizing backboard and it was later revealed that Daniels has battled spinal stenosis, a condition characterized by narrowing of the spine that left him susceptible to numbness in situations like the freak collision that day with the chest of Orlando's Gilbert Arenas. ESPN.com

June 10, 2011 Updates

The last time Boston Celtics fans saw Marquis Daniels on a basketball floor, the versatile wingman had to be carried out of the TD Garden on a stretcher after suffering a bruised spinal cord. Daniels' fans, as well as the Celtics, didn't know if he would ever play again. He isn't totally back to full strength, but he's now at a point where his agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells CSNNE.com that Daniels will "definitely" be able to play next season. And it's not totally out of the question that the 6-foot-6 forward could return to Boston, either. "When the time comes, he's going to look at and explore all his options," Bartelstein said. "But Boston is certainly a team he knows well, has a great amount of respect for and really enjoyed his time there." CSNNE.com

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