Marquis Daniels’ agent, Glenn Schwartzman, has reportedly confirmed that the 6’6″ swingman will become a Boston Celtic in the days to come. And while the Celtics could just sign Marquis outright for the bargain price of $1.9 million dollars (the value of the Biannual Exception that represents the only way Boston can sign another free agent after giving their full Mid-Level Exception to Sheed), it looks like Celtic GM Danny Ainge and Pacer GM Larry Bird are going to try to work out a sign-and-trade deal that would (a) allow Marquis to earn something closer to the $3-5 million per year that he is probably worth, and (b) allow the Pacers to get something back for Marquis, which is something that has seemed unlikely ever since Larry Bird declined to exercise a team option in Daniels’ contract that would have kept him in Indiana for one more season at $7.3 million.
Unfortunately, the one name that has come up is Brian Scalabrine, who is set to make $3.5 million next year and, in my eyes, wouldn’t provide any on-the-court benefits. The only other guys on Boston’s roster who could really match up salarywise are Eddie House ($2.8 million), Tony Allen ($2.5 million) and Kendrick Perkins ($4.8 million). I’ve never been a huge Eddie House fan, but he is one of the better three-point shooters in the whole Association and could probably shoot close to 50% from three in Jim O’Brien’s well-spaced offense. I’m even less impressed with Tony Allen, but he would instantly be the best athlete in the Indiana lockerroom and does play rather good on-the-ball defense on opposing guards, which is possibly the largest deficiency on the Pacers roster. Kendrick Perkins isn’t worth discussing since there’s no way Danny Ainge trades him for Marquis Daniels.
Sure, it would be nice to get something out of this, but unless a third team gets involved or a pick is thrown Bird’s way, I’m not seeing a lot of value coming back. House would be a decent pick up. Tony Allen probably wouldn’t. And none of the Celtics lower-salaried guys like JR Giddens, Gabe Pruit or Bill Walker (who I doubt would be targeted by the Indy front office because of his character questions) seem like anything to get excited about.
So in the end, Marquis should be pulling for Larry and Danny to work something out so that he can get a higher salary. But I’m not so sure Pacer fans should be.
I will certainly miss Marquis’ style.