The uncertainty of Marquis Daniels' return from his bruised spinal cord injury initiated several rumors over the past week. One question is who will the Boston Celtics acquire to be a backup small forward?
There is an article in the Boston Globe written by Julian Benbow on Feb. 22 about how the Celtics need to find a replacement for Marquis Daniels, because they may have to defend LeBron James, Hedo Turkoglu and now Carmelo Anthony during the postseason.
ESPN.com has reported that the Celtics have shown interest in Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier, but Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated scoffed at this report on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan on February 22. The Celtics do not have enough assets to trade for Battier.
Mannix did make an interesting point that since Frank Vogel replaced Jim O'Brien as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 30, forward James Posey has seen his minutes decrease.
Posey will need to be bought out of his contract.
Mannix said, "I was told Posey was not interested in securing a buyout. But that could change if he continues not to play."
Posey is currently in the third season of a four-year contract he signed with the New Orleans Hornets in July of 2008. He was a key member of the 2007-'08 Celtics championship team.
His numbers significantly decreased over the past few years, but they do compare to Daniels. Posey is averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 42 games. Meanwhile, Daniels is averaging 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
There are two differences between Posey and Daniels. Posey is not a ball-handler and is more of a jump-shooter. The problem is Posey is only shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc this season. If Delonte West and Shaquille O'Neal can remain healthy down the stretch, Boston has enough scoring options. Posey (34 years old) is older than Daniels, but he can provide leadership and defensive intensity for the second unit.
These next few days should determine the Celtics' front office plan for their final championship run in the Big Three era.