Stephon Marbury Suspended
From realgm.com via ESPN.com:
"For his apparent refusal to play in Detroit, the Knicks have suspended Stephon Marbury without pay. Marbury has also been told to stay away from the team, at least until Monday.
"A player's central obligation is to provide his professional services when called upon," Donnie Walsh said in announcing the suspension. "Because [Marbury] refused the coach's request to play in the team's last game, we had no choice but to impose disciplinary action."
With Marbury sent home, the Knicks will try to determine the next course of action. Further fines and suspensions are possible; the team could continue discussions on a buyout; or the Knicks may simply decide to tell Marbury to stay home, pay him his remaining salary, and keep him on the roster until he is traded or released.
"We feel the discipline imposed by the Knicks is baseless," said Hal Biagas of the National Basketball Players Association. "We plan to file a grievance."
Marbury gave an extended interview with the New York Post.
"We need to separate from the relationship," he said. "The marriage is over. It's a done deal."
About Mike D'Antoni, Marbury said, "I wouldn't trust him to walk my dog across the street.""
Can Not Get Around the Cap-Killing Contracts
The CBA is more complicated than the Internal Revenue Code and there are fewer loopholes.
If Marbury is bought out/waived -- no matter what the number -- the Knicks cap space is still stuck at the $21.9M amount of his 2008-09 contract. There is a small reduction if he signs with someone else after he is bought out/waived, but that reduction is a fraction of the $1.2M veteran's minmum. I thought it was half of it, $600,000.00, but I have read in some reports that it is only one-quarter, $300,000.00. The Knicks can not pay part of Marbury's contract and take back the difference in someone else's contract.
Unless the other team has plenty of cap space, Marbury can not be traded without the Knicks taking back essentially the equivalent of Marbury's salary in other contracts. And the team to which Marbury is traded takes on his full $21.9M salary as part of its cap. But rest assured, no team is going to do that.
Hahn's article today stated that the Knicks can not simply send Marbury home to sit out the season without his approval. I assume the statement is based on some CBA provision.
I think Marbury's stubbornness is going to force Dolan's hand and the Knicks will eat his entire contract. They can not have him around and Marbury knows that. I am not sure this stubbornness will endear Marbury to his possible future employers.