Tuesday , May , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mike D’Antoni Wants to Bring Several Suns to New York

One of the first plays Mike D’Antoni is expected to draw up as the Knicks’ new coach is for Stephon Marbury to run up the Garden floor … and out the door back to Phoenix to rejoin the Suns.

Once D’Antoni is formally named to succeed Isiah Thomas, he is expected to try to make a push for two of his favorite Suns – forward Boris Diaw and guard Leandro Barbosa, who reportedly have fallen out of favor with Suns management. According to a person close to D’Antoni, one of his first moves would be to get the Knicks to offer Marbury and his expiring $22 million contract as a central part of the deal. [New York Daily News]