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News » Daniels makes an exception 2009-09-06


Daniels makes an exception 2009-09-06


Daniels makes an exception  2009-09-06Lots of NBA players talk about the importance of winning. But it's no coincidence that when it comes time to sign a free agent contract, players tend to decide the team that offers the most money is the one that gives them the best opportunity to win.

With Marquis Daniels, there are no questions about his motives to sign with the Celtics . Daniels passed up more lucrative offers from a handful of other teams - including contenders Orlando, Dallas and Houston - to sign a one-year contract for the biannual exception worth $1.99 million with the C's.

``I had other situations where I could have went and made more money, but I wanted to be a part of a great franchise and a winning franchise - a team that's a championship contender,'' said Daniels at yesterday's introductory press conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham. ``Hopefully everything works out, and you worry about the money later. It'll come around. Right now we have one thing and that's to win a championship.''

The press conference was the final step in a seven-week process to get Daniels in green.

Daniels, 28, averaged career highs in points (13.6) and rebounds (4.6) with the Pacers last season, but the team declined to pick up his $7.3 million option for next season, making him a free agent.

The Celtics reached an agreement with the 6-foot-6, 200-pound swingman on July 18, but the process of getting Daniels signed was a long one as the C's and Pacers tried to work a sign-and-trade deal.

With the Pacers uninterested in what the Celtics had to offer, they tried to get a third team involved, but that attempt was also futile and Daniels agreed to the biannual exception.

``It was very long, actually,'' Daniels said. ``It was pretty much all summer. My agent kept telling me, `Don't worry about it.' But you have to worry about it. It was a long haul, but just knowing that I'm here and can finally get this day and get it out of the way, it feels better.''

Daniels has been on the radar of Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn in 2003. Ainge talked yesterday about watching 10 minutes of Daniels' first summer league game and feeling like the C's had missed out.

Both sides were happy to finally be united.

Daniels, who spent his first three seasons with Dallas and the past three in Indiana, is renowned for his versatility. He's an athletic slasher who can handle the ball and is known as a solid defender. Though he was a starter last year in Indiana, he is perfectly content to form a strong second unit with Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis and Eddie House.

- danduggan@bostonherald.com


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 6, 2009

 

 
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