Knicks send Marbury home after failing to agree on buyout

Updated: December 2, 2008, 2:46 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Stephon Marbury was sent into limbo Monday, told to stay away from the New York Knicks until they can determine a way to get rid of him.

Marbury was not satisfied with the buyout offer put forward by Knicks president Donnie Walsh and spent only 15 minutes discussing his situation. His attorney, Hal Biagas, spent another 20 minutes with Walsh before leaving and telling reporters no resolution had been reached.

In a statement, Walsh said: "After meeting with Stephon and his representative this afternoon, we have directed Stephon not to participate in practice or attend games until further notice. We want to continue to meet with him to discuss a long-term resolution."

A source briefed on the discussions told ESPN.com there is "no timetable for anything going forward," adding that a speedy resolution seemed unlikely with the sides far apart financially.

"[We'll] try to keep this in-house and so no comment at this time," Biagas said. "We'll keep you posted as things happen."

Marbury declined comment Tuesday when contacted by 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand.

Walsh suspended Marbury for one game without pay and docked him an additional game's salary last week after the Knicks said the point guard refused coach Mike D'Antoni's request to play in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Marbury wants out of New York and lashed out at teammates and D'Antoni in Monday's New York Post.

"I sat there for three weeks and didn't say one word," Marbury told the Post. "I didn't hear one of my teammates say, 'Why isn't Stephon Marbury playing? This is a good system for him, even to play with the second unit and bring more firepower.'

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"When things got bad and then worse, guys like Quentin Richardson say, 'I don't consider him a teammate. He let his teammates out to dry.' He didn't care I was his teammate when I was banished. They left me out for dead. It's like we're in a foxhole and I'm facing the other way. If I got shot in the head, at least you want to get shot by the enemy. I got shot in the head by my own guys in my foxhole. And they didn't even give me an honorable death."

Knicks players have grown tired of the repeated controversies caused by Marbury, especially because they'd like more focus on their improved play this season. New York (8-8) ended November at .500 or better for the first time since going 7-6 in 2004.

"I don't know what to say to that, more than I'm sorry he feels that way and I don't get the impression that we've done that," forward David Lee said. "But moving forward, as I said, this has just got to get taken care of whenever it gets taken care of and we've just got to focus on winning. And buying into comments like that or responding to them does nothing more than take the focus off our team and winning."

Richardson criticized Marbury after the game in Detroit, when the Knicks were forced to play short-handed after injuries and trades. He seemed amused when asked about Marbury's comments after practice.

"He's entitled to his opinion just like I am. And obviously I said what I said and he feels differently about that, and he's entitled to that," Richardson said. "The main thing we want to do is we want to play basketball and win games. These aren't the things we want to come off the court and talk about."

Marbury isn't part of D'Antoni's plans and has been on the inactive list most of the season. However, D'Antoni twice asked Marbury if he would play when the Knicks were undermanned.

"Mike had no intentions of me playing basketball here," Marbury said. "He gave me straight disrespect. It was beyond disrespect. He put in [Danilo] Gallinari, whose back is messed up and [who] didn't participate at all in training camp ahead of me [in the season opener]. … That's saying, 'I'm letting you have it right now.' He was sticking it to me."

Marbury also blasted D'Antoni in another interview with the Post last week, saying he didn't trust the coach. Asked about Marbury's comments about playing time, D'Antoni said: "I hate that. Obviously he's in a tough position and I don't think anybody's thrilled with where anybody is, but that's not really true. Again, I'm sure he feels that way and I can understand."

Walsh has said he's opposed to buyouts and agreed that it's difficult to trade Marbury because of his salary of approximately $21 million.

"He [D'Antoni] knew I was in my contract year and did everything they asked me to do. He's not trying to help me. He's trying to hurt me," Marbury said.

Marbury also criticized Walsh for asking only D'Antoni about their conversation in Detroit.

"He suspended me without hearing both sides," Marbury said. "That wasn't fair. He took it upon himself to fine me without even speaking to me."

D'Antoni told 1050 ESPN New York that as far as he's concerned, the Marbury situation is "done."

"I don't have anything against Steph," D'Antoni said. "Steph is great, but obviously we got to this conclusion and we'll go forward with it."

Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com. Information from 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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