Posted January 20, 2009 - 01:08 PM
Signing Marbury on the cheap is an insurance policy that's well worth the money.
Like daco said, if he turns out to be a complete bust, then you let him go at the end of the year. but its a gamble that needs to be taken right now. Thinking positively though, if it works out, it would be an enormous coup.
If he gets released, you sign him, fake an injury for Derek so he can get some rest for a month or so, and let Farmar and Marbury run the point. Don't forget that this is the last year of Derek's contract and at the most he'll sign on for 1 more year. Marbury still has 5 to years of ball left in him.
Though he can definitely be a self-pitying oddball at times, the prospects of having Marbury running behind Farmar once Derek's number goes on the wall doesn't sound bad whatsoever.
Yes, he would make the back court better defensively.
I do get the feeling that the Knicks may just screw him over since they're paying him and not release him until summer.
His/the Lakers' interest is obvious, its just waiting on the Knicks. the problem is, depending on that franchise for anything is dicey at best.