A few weeks ago, Stephon Marbury predicted people would be shocked to learn the team he'd be joining once the Knicks cut him loose this season. For once, something other than B.S. may have passed through Marbury's lips.
With Josh Childress out following sports hernia surgery, Greek power Olympiacos is in the market for a marginal NBA player to boost its chances in the Top 16 phase of Euroleague play, which begins Jan. 29. Marbury could be that player.
Before he can sign with any team -- Greek or otherwise -- Marbury will need a big fat Greek buyout from the Knicks. There has been "no movement" on that front, a person directly involved in the discussions told CBSSports.com.
Marbury is reported to have put his offer of a $1 million giveback on his $20.8 million contract for this season back on the table. The Knicks are believed to be pushing to pay Marbury $3 million-$5 million less. Perhaps interest from across the ocean could be the impetus for Marbury to budge -- especially considering the kind of cash Olympiacos could be offering. Like Childress, who signed a three-year, $20 million deal, Marbury would be able to make more after taxes in Greece than the $1.2 million veteran's minimum he'd commmand as an NBA free agent.
The move actually would be good for Marbury. Rather than immerse himself in a playoff race after not playing a single regular season minute in 12 months, Marbury could get his mind and game back in relative anonymity. He's previously expressed a strong desire to play overseas once his NBA playing days were over.