With still 2 years left and $42 million remaining on his contract Stephon Marbury is a detachable stature on the Knicks organization. He is untradeable with his selfish basketball and a hefty contract left on his name and the Knicks refused to waive or buyout his remaining $21.9 million contract this season so Marbury is left in Limbo with his former coach Mike D’Antoni refused to play Stephon after early disputes when he was still a member of D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns.
Stephon can score at will with his flashy moves and shooting but his misdemeanor on and off the court have cost him his downhill career. How much does a Stephon Marbury really cost?
Stephon was selected by Milwaukee Bucks and was traded for Ray Allen in 1996 and after teaming up with Kevin Garnet, Stephon had a dispute with his coach on his role on offense that he immediately asked for a trade which was granted by a three way deal with Terrel Brandon sent to Minnesota and Sam Cassell was sent to Milwaukee. Stephon played in New Jersey with only a drive away from his hometown. Stephon never made it to the playoffs and was traded for Jason Kidd on which Kidd and the Nets soared high as the beast on the East during their time. Stephon played under Mike D’Antoni’s system which he give up and asked to be traded. He is not a fan of a run and gun system since he likes to ball hog and create more offense on his system of play that was the turning point of his career as he was again traded together with Penny and Trybanski for Howard Eisley, Charlie Ward, Antonio McDyess, Maciel Lampe and Milos Vujanic and additional future first round draft choice which would be use by Phoenix in the 2010 draft.
So how much does Stephon Cost? He cost a total of 10 players on his name with 3 perennial All-star players. At age 31 he still has 2 or more years left to play. Talent can get you anywhere but your attitude can prolong your career. Stephon had to learn that lesson the hard way.