Celtics Trade Three Players Including Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody; Boston Expects To Sign Troy Murphy

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Marquis Daniels Won't Veto Celtics' Trade With Kings, Agent Says

Marquis Daniels could have vetoed the Boston Celtics' trade with the Sacramento Kings sending the wing to the West Coast. But according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England, Daniels' agent Mark Bartelstein said his client won't do that, allowing the deal to go through and the Celtics to reap the luxury tax rewards.

The move also opens up a roster spot for the Celtics, who would reportedly like to sign Troy Murphy and another player. The Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder, getting Jeff Green, a natural small forward who played power forward in OKC, and big man Nenad Krstic back. Boston also unloaded big men Semih Erden and Luke Harangody in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to open up roster spots and decrease luxury tax payments.

Daniels isn't expected to play again this season. The Kings may have made the deal to escape the salary floor imposed by the league, though that may not have been a concern for Sacramento. Daniels' contract expires at season's end, and because of the trade no team will have his Bird rights, which means that -- assuming the new collective bargaining agreement doesn't muck things up completely -- he'd have to sign with a team with cap space or for a salary cap exception like the mid-level.


Celtics Trade Marquis Daniels To Kings

The Boston Celtics completed a bench makeover (for now) on Thursday by trading Marquis Daniels to the Sacramento Kings for cash, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Daniels was seriously injured in an early February game against the Orlando Magic, having suffered a spinal bruise that caused him to collapse after a collision with Gilbert Arenas. The Celtics originally announced Daniels would miss a month, but there have been reports he's out for the remainder of the season.

The Celtics made one blockbuster trade on Thursday, sending Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Boston's other two moves, including a deal with that sent Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a future second-round pick, seemed focused on decreasing the Celtics' luxury tax bill and opening up roster spots for potential free agents.

Daniels has the right to veto any trade by virtue of his status as a player on a one-year deal with early Bird rights at stake. It's unclear whether Boston worked out a deal with Daniels to receive his OK on any move. The trade gets the Sacramento Kings above the league's salary floor, which is set at 75 percent of the salary cap.

For more Celtics' trade analysis, visit SB Nation Boston and Celtics Blog.


After Trade Deadline, Celtics May Add Warriors F Troy Murphy

Troy Murphy is still a member of the Golden State Warriors, but with a buyout expected soon, he'll be free to sign anywhere in the NBA, and it looks like he could be headed for the Boston Celtics.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix has already speculated that the Celtics will be going after him, and notes that Troy Murphy has wanted to come to Boston for his entire career. And it would be kind of perfect, wouldn't it? It was a joke when I asked if the Celtics could replace Luke Harangody with Brian Scalabrine, but in all seriousness, it would be absolutely fantastic if Troy Murphy took his place.

Because the Celtics need an Irish Catholic white guy, okay? There's a quota here, and if it's not filled, then somebody gets fired. Or, somebody should get fired. And jokes aside, for a Celtics team that just lost a lot of size, adding a forward as talented as Murphy would be quite a coup. Stay tuned.


Boston Celtics Deal Semih Erden, Luke Harangody To Cavaliers For 2013 2nd Round Pick

Luke Harangody was born to be a Boston Celtic, but alas, the dream could only last so long. Just as the trade deadline approached, the Celtics dealt Harangody and promising big man Semih Erden to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2013.

Say it ain't so!

Mary Schitt Boyer was the first to report the deal for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and as sad as it sounds, it seems the report is legitimate. Harangody is Haran-gone, and perhaps the most stereotypical Boston Celtic of all time now joins the worst team in the NBA.

For the Cavaliers, the deal gives them Erden, a big man that's actually seen some meaningful minutes for the Celtics this year, and Harangody, the frumpiest NBA player in the entire league. For the Celtics, the move clears two roster spots, and depending on how long Cleveland's struggles continue, their 2013 second round pick could turn into something pretty valuable. But come on, this is an outrage. Can the Celtics at least get Scalabrine back?

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