AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – In 2004, the Phoenix Suns traded Stephon Marbury to the New York Knicks. One of the valuable things they got in return wasn’t Antonio McDyess. Oh, they got McDyess, his bum knee and his plunging production, but the Suns didn’t want that and McDyess knew it.
He was nothing more than an “expiring contract.” He was a one-time franchise caliber star whose big-money deal was about to go off the books, freeing cap space for the Suns to get better players. The former No. 2 pick in the draft, former All-Star, former 21-and-12 guy was now an accounting trick; valued not for showing up but for soon leaving.
McDyess called his agent, Andy Miller, and told him to tell the Suns to put him out of his misery.
“Tell them to cut me,” McDyess said.
Miller wouldn’t do it. It wasn’t going to end like this, he told McDyess. Somehow, somewhere, there would be better days.
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It's great that despite injuries McDyess never quit and reinvented himself to stay (and prosper) in the league. He'll always be one of my favorites ever to play at Bama. I still remember the monster game (39/19) he had against Penn in the 1st round of the NCAAs in 1994 (going from memory). He was a man amongst boys that day. Heck, he dominated against Oklahoma State in the 2nd round, but it wasn't enough to carry the Tide to the Sweet Sixteen.