Celtics add Von Wafer and resign Marquis Daniels
Considering that the Boston Celtics central issue prior to this year's off-season was whether Paul Pierce and Ray Allen would stay in Massachusetts, the last two months have certainly been a great success for the franchise. More specifically, GM Danny Ainge did not only resign Pierce and Allen but also added Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal to their front court without spending a lot of money.
However, the Celtics are still not done as they keep rounding out their roster and carefully selecting valuable role players. Thus, Marquis Daniels will stay another year in Boston as he agreed to a one year deal worth roughly $2.5 million. Last year, the backup guard suffered various injuries, but turned out to be a valuable contributor off the bench nonetheless. Especially his hard-nosed defense made the 6-6 guard a reliable role player who helped Boston to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. In 51 appearances, Marquis Daniels averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18 minutes per contest in 2009-10.
Similarly, the Celtics also opted to resign backup point guard Nate Robinson who arrived in Boston right before trade deadline after a deal with the New York Knicks. However, Robinson saw his productivity dropping significantly as he averaged just 6.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 14 minutes per game behind starting point guard Rajon Rondo. Given the fact that Nate Robinson averaged no less than 17.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 2008-09 some fans obviously expected more from the undersized combo guard. Yet, it seems to be a justified assumption that his performance will improve next year as he will have several months of training camp to get accustomed with Boston's defensive schemes and half-court offense. Obviously, coming in half-way through the season last year was far from being optimal, especially at the crucial point guard position.
Last but not least, the Celtics picked up yet another guard in case Robinson or Daniels suffer an injury down the stretch. Von Wafer signed a one year deal and is hoping to establish himself in the NBA again after a rather unsatisfying experience in Europe last year. Despite signing a two-year contract with Olympiacos B.C. worth nearly $10 million, the 6-5 shooting guard left the team after just three months in order to try a comeback in the NBA. Up to this point, Von Wafer had his most successful year for the Houston Rockets in 2008-09 when he averaged 9.7 points in 19 minutes per contest while shooting 39% from beyond the arc.
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Tags: Boston Celtics, Marquis Daniels, Nate Robinson, Von Wafer, NBA live
Posted: 11th August 2010
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