Marquis Daniels suffered a bruised spinal cord on Feb. 6, and has't played since. In fact, it's less and less likely that the Celtics will get him back at all this season. But that doesn't mean he's not involved in Thursday's NBA trade rumors as the 3 p.m. EST deadline approaches.
After learning no one was interested in Nate Robinson, the Celtics are now reportedly offering their first-round draft pick and the expiring contract of Daniels.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron beacon Journal reports that the Celtics could ship Daniels and Boston's first-round pick to Cleveland in return for Anthony Parker, whom Boston has been interested in. The Cavaliers would then buy out Daniels and send him back to Boson.
However, SI's Chris Mannix points out that Boston would not be able to get a roster exemption for Daniels if he's ruled out for the season, so the Celtics would likely have to send one of their minimum salary guys as well. And that "missing the remainder of the season" thing is a very real possibility for Daniels.
"There is a chance that he will miss the season and may need surgery to resume his playing career," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com Wednesday night. "We're still gathering information, but that's where we're at."