Marbury near signing, expected to practice

Stephon Marbury is expected to join the Celtics during a closed practice at 5 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Garden after signing a contract with the team today for a prorated veteran’s minimum of $1.3 million. The team will not hold a shootaround this morning after arriving from Los Angeles yesterday evening.

It is not yet known whether Marbury will be in uniform for the Celtics tonight against the Pacers (7:30 p.m.) Marbury talked about joining the Celtics in today’s Globe.

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