September 02, 2009
The word is that guard Marquis Daniels(notes) is going to spend his seventh season in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and he accepted less money to play for them than a few other offers he had on the table, according to the Boston Globe.
Daniels apparently is fully buying into the idea that he has a chance to win it all with the Celts this season so why bother with that extra cash? His agent says, "He played in the Finals in Dallas and he wants to have a chance to play for another one. He has a chance to play important minutes in a number of different areas for a team that has a chance to win the championship.''
So Daniels was willing to give up some dough in order to play with the best, though even Celtics GM Danny Ainge tried to pay him more money: Boston and the Indiana Pacers apparently tried to work out some sort of sign-and-trade deal for Daniels in order to get him more cash, but it didn't work out. So he's getting $1.99 million on his one-year deal. Daniels supposedly had negotiations along the way with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and the Orlando Magic.