Wednesday , Nov , 05 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

NBPA Willing to Help Stephon Marbury

If Stephon Marbury elects to seek the National Basketball Players Association’s help to end his roster quagmire with the Knicks, the union’s chief said he’s ready.

"We may be engaging the team in trying to see if there’s some kind of mutually beneficial position that the parties can arrive at," Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBPA, told Bloomberg News. "Maybe there’s somebody willing to trade for him. Maybe you can do a buyout. It depends on the parties."

Marbury has been on the inactive list for each of the Knicks’ first three games. Marbury is so far out of the team’s plans that coach Mike D’Antoni tabbed Jerome James instead of Marbury to replace the injured Eddy Curry on the active list against Milwaukee, even though the 7-foot-1, 285-pound James played in just two games last season and would seem a horrible fit for an up-tempo system.