Rumors have begun to stir in the basketball community that the Celtics are showing interest in Knicks guard Stephon Marbury. Marbury, who hasn't played basketball in almost a year, has not been able to make a buyout agreement with his current employer, the New York Knicks.
But if negotiations finally go through for his release, given the Knicks do not ban signing with the Celtics as part of the agreement, Marbury could reunite with old Timberwolves teammate Kevin Garnett. Garnett and Marbury's days in Minnesota however ended with Marbury forcing a trade reportedly out of jealousy of then upcoming star Garnett in 1999. Reports have stated that Garnett is in no opposition to the signing of Marbury.
Marbury is set to make almost $21 million this season but has been asked by the Celtics to give up $3 million in order to have the right to choose his next team.
Marbury, who at one point agreed to give up $1 million, revoked his offer after walking out of a buyout meeting in early December. Knicks president Donnie Walsh has given Marbury, who does not have an agent, permission to contact other teams in hopes of making a deal with Marbury.
Marbury is an established star and certainly has the skill set to help any team including the Celtics, who lost key bench player James Posey in the off season.
Celtics fans worry however because despite all his talent Marbury has not played in a year and has been known to hurt a teams chemistry. Marbury, 31 says, "All the people who say nobody wants me on their team, I'm all different things -- a cancer -- that's not what's going on."
Another player who could find himself suiting up for the defending champs is 7 time NBA champion Robert Horry. Horry, 38, who earlier this year stated he would only return and play for Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio has since added the Celtics to his list.
Big Shot Bob has more than proved himself as a solid bench player and could really improve the Celtics supporting cast after the loss of P.J. Brown over the summer to retirement.
If all things go through for Marbury, it will be very interesting to see how Marbury fits in with the Celtics.