Report: Daniels might need surgery

Updated: February 24, 2011, 11:54 AM ET
ESPNBoston.com

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told CSNNE.com on Wednesday that Celtics forward Marquis Daniels -- who suffered a bruised spinal cord against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 6 -- might require season-ending surgery.

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"There is a chance that he will miss the season and may need surgery to resume his playing career," Ainge told the website. "We're still gathering information, but that's where we're at."

It stands to reason that with Daniels' availability for the rest of the season now more in question than ever, the Celtics will surely be looking at small forward options on the trade market leading up to Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

Daniels suffered the injury while trying to drive by Orlando guard Gilbert Arenas with 11:01 remaining in the second quarter of that Feb. 6 game. Daniels collapsed to the floor face-first after colliding with Arenas' chest, and was tended to by team doctors and arena paramedics, before eventually being taken off the court on a stretcher and transported to New England Baptist Hospital. Daniels was released from the hospital the following day, and Ainge, along with team physician Brian McKeon, initially stated that Daniels would be out for at least a month, if not longer.

Since suffering the injury, Daniels has sought out opinions from several doctors to determine the best course of action moving forward.

Daniels played in 49 of the Celtics' first 50 games and averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while serving as the primary backup to captain Paul Pierce.

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