After two stints in Boston, Marquis Daniels remains an unsigned free agent as the Celtics round out their roster for the 2012-13 season.
On Monday, the veteran swingman worked out with the Milwaukee Bucks as he looks to enter his 10th year in the NBA, the Journal Sentinel reported. Daniels was joined by players including Rasual Butler and Rodney Carney at the Cousins Center, the Bucks training facility. According to the report, the Bucks have one spot available on their roster.
Daniels, 31, has averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists over his career. Last season he averaged 3.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.2 dimes off the bench for the Celtics. His career was in jeopardy after suffering temporary paralysis due to spinal stenosis during a game against the Orlando Magic in February of 2011. Following spinal surgery, he vowed to the return to the NBA and did so less than a year later when he re-signed with the Celtics in December.
Im a guy I dont get too high on the highs or too low on the lows, Daniels told CSNNE.com last offseason as he rehabbed for his comeback. If that was going to be it for me, I was willing to accept it. But I knew that I still had love for the game and I still could play, so Im always going to work hard to try to get myself back to the things I love doing and get back on the court.
Last season he garnered praise during the playoffs for his always be ready approach to the game.
Marquis hasnt really played a lot for us in this series, but when his name was called upon, he was ready, Paul Pierce said during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Thats what being a professional is all about. Every day he comes in, gets his work in. Doc called upon him tonight and he did a tremendous job guarding LeBron (James). He even contributed on the offensive end and that was huge for us.
Jae Crowder praises what it's like to play for Brad Stevens, and how playing for him has rejuvenated him as a player.
WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”
Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . . he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”