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Report: Daniels works out with Bucks

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Report: Daniels works out with Bucks

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.

NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety

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NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety

NEW YORK - NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season's playoffs.

Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden's attempts after he swings his arms into contact.

The new rules interpretations are being unofficially called the "Harden Rule" and the "Zaza Rule". The Washington Wizards accused the Celtics' Al Horford of a dangerous closeout on Markieff Morris that injured Morris and knocked him out of Game 1 of their playoff series two weeks before the Pachulia-Leonard play.

Leonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard's in Game 1 of Golden State's victory in the Western Conference finals. After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at a replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant, or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure.

"It's 100 percent for the safety of the players," NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said Thursday.

The NBA had made the freedom to land a point of emphasis for officials a few years ago, because of the risk of injuries. 

Officials can still rule the play a common foul if they did not see a dangerous or unnatural attempt by the defender upon review. Borgia said Pachulia's foul would have been deemed a flagrant.

With the fouls on the perimeter shots - often coming when the offensive player has come off a screen and quickly attempts to launch a shot as his defender tries to catch up - officials will focus on the sequencing of the play. The player with the ball must already be in his shooting motion when contact is made, rather than gathering the ball to shoot such as on a drive to the basket.

"We saw it as a major trend in the NBA so we had to almost back up and say, `Well, wait a minute, this is going to be a trend, so let's catch up to it,"' NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.