On their way to their first title in 22 seasons last year, the Boston Celtics made some pretty shocking personnel moves. Well, if the rumors are to be believed, it appears as though they’re about to do it again.
According to ESPN‘s Marc Stein and his sources, the defending champs are serious about signing Stephon Marbury. All that’s stopping this unholy union from happening right now is Marbury negotiating a buyout with the Knicks – something that has proven to be rather difficult, as you know all too well.
Although it has been widely assumed that Celtics forward Kevin Garnett would resist a reunion with the controversial point guard — after Marbury broke up their Minnesota parternship in less than three seasons together by forcing a trade to New Jersey — one Celtics source insists that Garnett has voiced no opposition to the idea of signing Marbury for the rest of the season to strengthen Boston’s backcourt depth behind starters Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.
When asked specifically about the likelihood of Marbury joining the Celtics this season, the source predicted that “it will happen.”
The idea of Celtics fans gritting their teeth after being forced to accept Stephon Marbury as one of their own makes me very happy for some odd reason. But not quite as much as the possibility that Steph could somehow be involved in the title chase this season. Simply amazing.