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Team close to agreement with Daniels

By Julian Benbow
Globe Staff / December 8, 2011
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WALTHAM - The Celtics are close to bringing back free agent forward Marquis Daniels, according to two league sources.

Daniels, whose 2010-11 season was halted by a bruised spinal cord, is expected to be here today for a physical. Teams can begin signing players tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Daniels spent the past two seasons in Boston as a crafty slasher and reliable defender. But injuries have plagued the 30-year-old, and last season included the scariest moment of his career.

After a collision with the Magic guard Gilbert Arenas Feb. 6, Daniels lay motionless on the TD Garden parquet before being carried off on a stretcher. He missed the remainder of the season.

The Celtics traded Daniels to the Kings Feb. 24 for a second-round pick in 2017. He had surgery in March.

A thumb injury limited Daniels to 51 games in 2009-10.

Davis on the block?

While the Celtics are still in talks with unrestricted free agent Glen Davis, they are still trying to swing a deal for New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, and Davis is one of the pieces being dangled, according to a league source.

Celtics president Danny Ainge is exploring all options to swap his All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, for Paul.

With rumors of a deal swirling since the end of the lockout two weeks ago, Ainge said last week that the team “loved’’ Rondo and did not anticipate trading their 25-year-old floor general.

Yet the Celtics have still been actively pursuing a deal. To make one happen, though, they would need to come up with a package of players and picks that is as impressive as it is creative.

In Davis’s case, the possibility of signing the 25-year-old and bundling him in such a package is being considered.

“I’m not commenting on who I’m bringing back,’’ Ainge said. “I don’t want to do that.’’

The Celtics reached out to Davis Monday, the first day teams could contact players. Ainge said a week ago that he had begun discussions with Davis’s agent and was interested in bringing Davis back.

Davis has been in something of a holding pattern. Since the tentative end of the lockout, Davis has been in Bradenton, Fla., working out. He has spent his entire four-year career in Boston, but over the summer he said the thought of playing somewhere else crossed his mind.

Davis has since said he wants to return to Boston.

Making his list

With training camp set to open tomorrow, Ainge is putting the finishing touches on the list of players he has invited. “Not a lot of them are confirmed,’’ he said. “So we’re still working on that.’’ Rookie free agent Gilbert Brown was in Boston yesterday for a physical and will join the team tomorrow.

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