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.