HoopsHype Marquis Daniels rumors


May 26, 2011 Updates

Born with an unusually narrow spinal canal, Marquis Daniels was told before he ever played an NBA game that occasional twinges and numbness would be a routine part of the experience. The former Celtics swingman just never thought this condition, known as spinal stenosis, would force him to question his future in basketball. But the prospects all changed just over four minutes into a Feb. 6 game against Orlando. Daniels collided with the shoulder of Gilbert Arenas and pitched forward onto the floor. He had experienced numbness in his extremities before, but never to what suddenly felt like a paralytic level. Boston Herald

Though Daniels will likely be on the opposite bench the next time he sees them, it will be one of the most welcome sights any Celtic who played with the swingman can imagine. “It was scary,” Ainge said of the Feb. 6 collision with Arenas. “I was at the hospital when he arrived that night, and you could tell that he was pretty shaken up. He had been warned throughout his life that he was taking a risk by playing basketball. “I hope he can continue playing. The fact that he will be healthy enough to try and play again is encouraging, but it’s even just that way for having a life beyond basketball.” Boston Herald

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Devin Harris and Marquis Daniels go back to their days together in Dallas, when they were both rookies on the Mavericks team that lost to Miami in the Finals. Harris said he talked to Daniels after seeing his frightening spinal cord injury against the Magic on Feb. 6, but he hasn’t spoken with Daniels since he was traded to Sacramento at last week’s deadline. Before tonight's game, Harris said: “It’s tough. He’s a little scared right now, but I think if that situation happened to any one of us, we’d be in that same situation. He just wants to get healthy and know that he can go out there and play and be effective. It was hard to watch, knowing that wasn’t even anything out of the ordinary. He was just trying to rip through and when he hit the floor, it was kind of scary.” Boston Globe

February 25, 2011 Updates

The Celtics, in trading Marquis Daniels to Sacramento yesterday, may have known the swingman was not going to play again this year. Daniels’ future is very much up in the air as he confers with doctors in an attempt to come up with a treatment option for his bruised spinal cord, with surgery a strong possibility. Surgery would have eliminated any value Daniels, who signed a veteran’s minimum, one-year contract last summer, had for the Celtics this season. Boston Herald

“We’re looking at a couple of different surgical options,” agent Mark Bartelstein said yesterday in the midst of attempting to figure out where his client would land. “That would end his season, if it came to that. But we have him seeing the best people in the country, and then we’ll go from there.” Bartelstein fully anticipated yesterday’s move.“It’s something we knew might happen with their roster the way it is,” said Bartelstein. “We always knew there was the possibility he would get traded, because they’re trying to free people up on the roster,” he said. “They’ve been talking to a bunch of teams about him.” Boston Herald

February 24, 2011 Updates

A. Sherrod Blakely: Spoke w/Marquis Daniels' agent following the trade to Sacramento. Said it's too soon to talk about his future w/the #Kings. Twitter

A. Sherrod Blakely: League source tells me the #Celtics may not be done dealing. C's had a handful of scenarios involving trading away Marquis Daniels for a SF. Twitter

Ken Berger: Not having much luck dangling Nate Robinson and pick for wing upgrade, Celtics now trying to use Marquis Daniels' contract, sources say. Twitter

The Celtics are one of those elite teams that will be on the list of every bought-out player who wants a chance to win a championship. So that will be to their advantage. It also means they are likely to waive Daniels to open a roster spot, with Daniels likely given a chance to make the team next season when he recovers from a bruised spinal cord. Daniels and his representatives are well aware of this possibility; Ainge created such quandaries by filling his roster with 15 players. But his pickings will be meatier once teams that acquired players for salary dumps complete the buyouts. Boston Globe

February 23, 2011 Updates

Marquis Daniels has visited several different doctors, gathering opinions on the spinal cord he bruised Feb. 6 against Orlando, and he has one more appointment scheduled in the next week, according to his agent Mark Barelstein. “He’s doing OK,” Bartelstein said. “We’re just going though, seeing a number of doctors, getting a lot of opinions. Then we’re going to see what we’re going to do going forward. He’s got one more visit left, then we’re going to talk with the Celtics medical staff.” Boston Globe

February 14, 2011 Updates

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