The Boston Celtics brought back forward Marquis Daniels back for the third time this week. The move did not come as a surprise to many who follow the Celtics, but it sure is nice to have a player of Daniels’ caliber back in the fold. Daniels knows the system and can be a versatile player for Doc off the bench. After practice, Daniels spoke about how he had to work back from the scary spinal injury he suffered last year:
Daniels was signed to a one-year contract at the veterans minimum. However, it was his trade at last year’s deadline that helped set the Celtics up for this season. Danny Ainge clearly made his money on this trade exploiting a loophole in the NBA system. At the deadline, the Celtics sent Daniels to the Sacramento Kings for a top-55 protected 2017 second round pick. Top-55 means that the Kings would have to be one of the top 5 times, in all of the NBA, in 2016 in order for the Celtics to receive the pick they traded for. So why would the Celtics make this trade? Well, as part of the deal, the Celtics received a $2.4 million trade exception. An exception they used this season to bring in Keyon Dooling from the Milwaukee Bucks. So in a sense, the Celtics traded a player in 2010, who was not going to play the rest of the season, in order to pick up a roster spot for the remainder of last season and to sign a player like Dooling at a discounted rate this season. A trade that seems even better now that Daniels is back in the fold for the Celtics. So why would the Kings make this trade? The Kings needed to meet the salary floor for the league minimum and took Daniels on to make this happen. Source say that they could have done this without Daniels, but with Celtics sending Daniels and cash in return, this was a money making opportunity that a team in the Kings’ position can ill afford to turn down.