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Marbury Close to Dawning Celtic Green

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 24, 2009

Post from February 24, 2009…

Reported on ESPN.com:

The New York Knicks and Stephon Marbury were nearing a buyout agreement Tuesday afternoon that would clear the way for Marbury to sign with the Boston Celtics, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources briefed on the state of the talks told ESPN.com that the Knicks and Marbury are on the verge of finalizing a separation package that will make Marbury eligible to play in the playoffs for another team because his release from New York would come before the league’s Sunday deadline.

The New York Times first reported on its Web site Tuesday afternoon that “all indications were that the two sides had reached agreement on a contract buyout that will free [Marbury] to join another franchise for the stretch run.”

Said one source to ESPN.com: “Look for Steph to get bought out today.”

Another source close to the process indicated that Marbury and the Celtics have already commenced discussions on a contract.

I’m sure we all thought this would come, but didn’t know if the Knicks would buy him out in time to be playoff eligible. With one roster spot remaining for the Celtics, you would have to think it’s going to Marbury. Personally, I think Gabe Pruitt has progressed nicely, but can we trust him in the playoffs? Marbury will most likely be a one-year experiment and hopefully it can aid the Celtics to a second NBA title in as many years.

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