Possibilities at the Point: Stephon Marbury to the Golden State Warriors?

Evan Aczon@TwoSeamGripeSenior Analyst IJuly 16, 2008

The Warriors still need a point guard. Stephon Marbury's release from the Knicks seems imminent. The Warriors need someone who has experience running an offense.

Marbury's been around for 13 years. The Warriors want to get back to the playoffs. Marbury's been there four times with three different teams.

Stephon Marbury's time in New York seems to be over. The Knicks signed Anthony Roberson, a former Warrior, and also have PGs Nate Robinson and newly signed Chris Duhon on the roster.

They might have to bite the bullet and outright release him, but it is more likely that they want something in return.

That something could be the Warriors Al Harrington. I've always been a fan of guys like this, like Harrington and Troy Murphy before him, the guys who can post up as well as hit the outside shot.

But Al just doesn't fit in Don Nelson's system anymore. Not with the addition of Anthony Randolph, who is fully capable of ball handling and scoring. Or with Brandan Wright, who can also handle the ball and shoot decently from the perimeter.

The only setback is Marbury's salary, which is scheduled to be around $19 million. It doesn't match up with Harrington's ($8.4 million).

The Warriors have always been reluctant to go over in the luxury tax, and even with the remaining cap room after signing Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, and new addition Corey Maggette, it would push them over the salary cap.

Yet, this move makes sense. They would add six or seven points a game, gain a great point guard who is capable of running the floor, and also provide that leadership, which departed with Baron Davis.

If the Warriors are serious about making Monta Ellis the point guard of the future, it would also make sense to give him a good role model.

There are also rumblings about the Pistons inquiring about the availability of Andris Biedrins, apparently offering PG Chauncey Billups. Billups is another plausible option, but the Warriors are not going to part with Biedrins.

They are offering Harrington, but it doesn't look like the Pistons would be interested.

Another possibility is the acquisition of Shawn Marion, but all of these deals look like they would have to involve Biedrins and/or Ellis, both of whom the Warriors said are not on the market.