by Marcel Mutoni

The most important piece of Knicks-related news over the weekend, no doubt, was Stephon Marbury’s visit to the Mike Tyson school of self-branding. (By the way, I’m perfectly prepared for when he takes a bite out of Allen Iverson’s ear next season.)

Not far behind the import of Starbury’s latest piece of body art, though, was the rumor that the Knicks and Clippers were discussing a trade involving salary-cap destroying big man Zach Randolph. Newsday‘s Alan Hahn has the details.

Stephon Marbury’s future remains unresolved, but the Knicks are on the verge of moving another big contract – Zach Randolph’s. A person close to the situation confirmed Friday that the Los Angeles Clippers have approached the Knicks about acquiring Randolph in an effort to make up for the sudden loss of Elton Brand to free agency.

The Knicks reportedly turned down the Clippers’ offer of a second-round pick, and will continue paying this guy the near $50 mil left on his contract.

David Lee, meanwhile, is strangely longing to remain in New York and bracing himself for the worst.