Yahoo Sports: Stephon Marbury was overjoyed to be with his New York Knicks' teammates, even if he wasn't able to take part in a shootaround before Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers.
"It's so overwhelming, it's not even real,'' Marbury said in his first comments since being traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Knicks.
Marbury said the trade fulfills his lifelong dream to play at Madison Square Garden.
"It's the best opportunity for the Knicks and it's the best opportunity for myself,'' Marbury said. "They want championships and they want them now ... and I want that more than anything.''
Marbury said having Knicks president Isiah Thomas, a player he idolized, bring him back home made the deal even better.
"I'm saying 'thank you' to him and he's saying 'thank you' to me,'' Marbury said. "It's a great situation.''
Suns: Just hours before the Knicks, Suns trade went down, more rumors were flying that the Jazz and Suns were talking about a deal that would send Gugliotta and draft picks to the Jazz. In return, the Suns would net more cap space. Now with the Suns within 4 million of getting under the $57 million luxury tax and 2 more first-round draft picks to work with, you have to believe that the Suns will be even more motivated to make this deal happen.
The Jazz are roughly $8.7 million under the salary cap right now, meaning they can absorb a lot more salary than they have to send out in return. Since Gugliotta is in the last year of his contract, there are no long-term financial ramifications for the Jazz making the trade. They are essentially paying for draft picks.
Two different scenarios have been flying around. One has the Suns swapping Gugliotta ($11.9 mill. this year), the Knicks 1st-rounder and a Cavs 1st-round pick (top 13 protected) owned by the Suns to Utah for Keon Clark ($5 mill. this year). That move would shave 7 million off the Suns' books immediately and get them well under the luxury-tax threshold for the season. Considering that teams that are under the threshold get substantial rebates from the league as well, the move could end up netting the Suns somewhere between $15 and $20 million.
The other scenario has the Suns sending Gugliotta, Voskuhl ($1.5 mill.), Jacobsen ($1 mill.) and the Knicks 1st-rounder to Utah for Clark and Stevenson ($1.6 mill.). That trade gives Utah a couple of young players in Jacobsen and Voskuhl who could actually help the team without cutting deeply into their cap space for next season. What's the advantage for the Suns in the second scenario? Stevenson also becomes a free agent this summer. If the Suns waive him, they clear another $2.5 million under the cap, which they could use to help them lure a player like Kobe to Phoenix.
Knicks: Thomas has likely made the biggest trade he's going to make, but don't be surprised if a few smaller trades follow. Thomas tried to pry away Miles from the Cavs last weekend, offering Ward in return. Cavs GM Paxson wanted Frank Williams instead and Thomas balked. Now with Marbury and Norris in the fold, that deal probably sounds very appealing to Thomas. A Williams-and-Harrington-for-Miles trade works under the cap and may make some sense for both parties.
The Cavs have essentially given up on Miles. He's recorded 4 DNPs in as many games at the end of December and is clearly out of favor with coach Paul Silas. While snagging Williams for a player once considered the most promising in the draft class of 00 seems a bit underwhelming, the Cavs need a young starting pg and Williams has looked great the past week. On the Knicks' end, there isn't much to lose. Your point guards are now in place and Isiah's next goal is to get more athletic in the frontcourt. Miles would give the Knicks that. He's in the last year of his rookie contract, meaning the Knicks have no long-term obligation to him, but also own his Bird Rights if they do choose to re-sign him.
shaqpak34 wrote:ya but try picturin kobe n a friggin suns uni....that just dont make sens....kobe belongs here i just hope he stays
jsm0331 wrote:Marbury has yet to have a big game with the Knicks...until tonight.
It is the end of the 3rd quarter and he has 29 points and 8 assists. He is going to be very big for the Knicks franchise
I know-- the NY crowd went crazy when Houston hit that three... I wish I had League Pass right about now...jsm0331 wrote:TNT is stupid, why don't they show this game, it's a lot more exciting than 76ers vs. Magic