Monday , Dec , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Stephon Marbury Won’t Talk Buyout Until $400,000 Fine Erased

Stephon Marbury said yesterday he won’t discuss a buyout with Donnie Walsh until his fine of two games’ pay – $400,000 – is settled by a league arbitrator.

Walsh said he wants to dedicate early January to coming up with a suitable number that would set Marbury free and open a roster spot by Jan. 5 so the Knicks can sign a player to a 10-day deal.

When told of Walsh’s plan, Marbury said he first wants to settle his legal dispute with the Knicks. The Knicks docked him for allegedly refusing to play vs. Detroit on Thanksgiving Eve.

Marbury said he expects to get an arbitration date this week, feeling he has strong legal arguments to win the case.

"Before I listen to what Donnie has to say, I want the $400,000 that was taken for no reason," Marbury told The Post. "[D’Antoni] made a choice not to play me. There was no jersey hanging in my locker."