Friday, July 3, 2009
Updated: July 4, 10:27 AM ET
Report: Marbury rebuffs Celtics' offer
ESPN.com news services
Free agent Stephon Marbury, the former New York Knicks guard who joined the Celtics midseason, says he doesn't foresee a return to Boston after the team offered a veteran's-minimum deal that would've paid $1.3 million, according to The Boston Globe.
"Thank you Boston for allowing the world to see me play again after all that went on in N.Y.," Marbury said in an e-mail to The Globe. "The fans treated me with open arms and that's all anyone can ask for."
Marbury, 32, joined the Celtics on Feb. 27 after a buyout of his $22 million Knicks contract. Marbury told the Boston newspaper that three other teams, which he wouldn't name, were interested in signing him for next season.
Marbury averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 assists and 18 minutes in 23 games last season with the Celtics.