Stephon Marbury is in the best shape of his life, and is ready to help someone go out and dominate the Eastern Conference. So what do you do if you're the Knicks? Pay him $20 million to go play for the Miami Heat, of course. Next question. The New York Knicks: Making Pickett's Charge look wise by comparison since 1996. From Newsday:
Several persons with knowledge of the situation have indicated that the Knicks are planning to part ways with Marbury by the end of the week. One caveat is the approval of Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, who must sign off on yet another multimillion-dollar payoff for his NBA team. Marbury is in the final year of his contract, which is to pay him $21.9 million. The Knicks will likely place Marbury on waivers and, once he clears, begin negotiating a buyout. Marbury will then be free to sign with another team; the Miami Heat have a desperate need at point guard.
Of course my reasons for seeing Marbury stay with the Knicks are purely selfish ones. Locker room turmoil is always fun.
Marbury, who created a huge divide between himself and teammates after he went AWOL in Phoenix last November, stayed to himself with his workouts at the MSG Training Center this offseason until Monday, when he joined the other Knicks veterans in pickup games. One observer from Monday's workout noted the uneasy atmosphere among the other players. "You could just feel the hate," the person said.
Knicks' Marbury May Be Gone In Days [Newsday]