Can Marquis Daniels Regain Form After Scary Spinal Cord Injury?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IOctober 24, 2011

Will Daniels be a contributor somewhere next season?
Will Daniels be a contributor somewhere next season?Elsa/Getty Images

 Marquis Daniels spent the 2010-11 NBA season with both the Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings and is currently an unrestricted free agent. The former Auburn University shooting guard who signed with the Dallas Mavericks back in 2003 has seen his NBA future come into question due to a serious spinal cord injury suffered last year.

In a nationally televised game on Feb. 6, 2011, between the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics in Boston, Daniels fell to the floor after a collision with Gilbert Arenas. After lying on the ground for several minutes, he was later taken off on a stretcher and taken to an area hospital for more tests. He was later diagnosed with having a bruised spinal cord that caused him to miss a good portion of the 2010-11 NBA season.

After being ruled out for the season, the Celtics traded the expiring contract of Daniels and cash considerations to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2017 second-round draft pick. The Sacramento Kings were looking to acquire a minimum contract in order to meet the salary cap threshold after trading Carl Landry to the New Orleans Hornets.

Daniels had success with his first employer the Dallas Mavericks. He went from being a bench player to a starter in place of Steve Nash at times. Daniels was traded to the Indiana Pacers during the summer of 2006 in exchange for Austin Croshere.

After spending three years with the Indiana Pacers, Daniels signed with the Boston Celtics in 2009. In his first year with the Celtics, he averaged 5.6 points and 18.4 minutes per game in 51 games. Daniels missed games due to injuries but was a part of the rotation when available to play.

In 2010-11 Daniels averaged 5.5 points and 19.1 minutes per game in 49 games. Daniels never appeared in a game with Sacramento, but that was known before the trade was made official. The trade was made for salary cap reasons mainly.

It will be interesting to see how Daniels performs after suffering such an injury. There were rumors that Daniels could look to re-sign with the Boston Celtics, but until the lockout is lifted no one will know for sure. However, given that Daniels is entering his ninth NBA season, he may be given a chance to show what he can do for a team in 2011-12.