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San Antonio Spurs: Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ NBA comeback

By Rob Wolkenbrod
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 23: American basketball player Stephon Marbury attends a press conference of director Yang Zi's film 'My Other Home' on July 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 23: American basketball player Stephon Marbury attends a press conference of director Yang Zi's film 'My Other Home' on July 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) /
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If the San Antonio Spurs ever need a veteran point guard, there are plenty left in free agency. Don’t forget about Stephon Marbury, though.

The San Antonio Spurs point guard position won’t have Tony Parker to begin the season, as he deals with recovery from a torn quad. That leaves Patty Mills to potentially start, with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White as the backups.

The Spurs didn’t add a veteran point guard, despite showing interest in Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. White was the only fresh face, so organization seems to be eyeing a younger look.

If San Antonio wants a veteran presence at the one spot, there are a handful of players left. This includes Deron Williams, Trey Burke, Jarrett Jack and… Stephon Marbury? The latter isn’t a name often mentioned within the NBA, as he last played in the 2008-09 season, before becoming a megastar in China.

However, Marbury is eyeing a comeback after eight years away from the NBA. He posted on Twitter a photo of him in a New York Knicks and Chinese Basketball League jersey, and said he wanted to “combine” and make a comeback to the Association.

It's time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba pic.twitter.com/TaWjqwwekF

— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017

It’s a positive to see the desire is there from Marbury, who wants the chance to capitalize on his overseas success. However, at age 40 and near the end of the offseason, is this feasible?

With the NBA arguably more athletic than ever, a 40-year-old Marbury running around may be a gamble for teams to take on. He did shoot well in China (minimum 34 percent from 3-point range the past five seasons), so that attribute at least fits the league’s current profile. Outside of that, it’s difficult to know how his Chinese success will translate to the NBA.

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Marbury played 13 seasons in the NBA. He was selected No. 4 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft and played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Boston Celtics.

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