According to league sources, Knicks President Phil Jackson told Raymond Felton that he will attempt to trade him this summer during his exit interview with the embattled Knicks point guard at the end of this past season. Adam Zagoria of SNY TV had the news first.
Felton had the worst season of his career in 2013-2014, struggling constantly on defense and, more often than not, floundering on the offensive end as well. Felton also had his off-the-court issues, getting arrested on weapons charges brought by his ex-wife, who had divorced him a week earlier.
Felton was solid last year, but battled with injuries at the start of the season, making it difficult for him to play well and get in rhythm. As his poor play continued into the middle of the season, the fans began to turn on him in earnest, and by the end of the year, Raymond had become an outcast at Madison Square Garden.
Felton has shown that he can be a solid point guard, and his contract isn’t too bad ($3.8 Million next season with a player option for $4 Million the year after that). His value is at rock-bottom right now, so the Knicks would be very unlikely to get anything useful for him. In fact, if the deal they almost swung at the deadline with the Clippers is any indication, they might have to GIVE UP something valuable in order to get somebody to take Raymond off their hands. The Knicks would be incredibly foolish to make such a move this summer, giving away one or more of their limited assets just to get rid of a guy they don’t have the stomach to glue to the end of the bench. I think the Knicks should look to add a point guard or two (sources say they are interested in Steve Blake), but still keep Felton around and see if he can get healthy, regain his composure, and bounce back under a new coach.
That being said, with a new President in charge and a new coach on the way, players who the guys in the front office don’t think “fit the system” are on the chopping block, and whether it’s fair or not, Raymond Felton’s spot on the team is in serious, serious jeopardy.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Knicks, and Felton, do here. Let’s just hope Phil & Co. don’t mess up too badly, if things don’t end up going well.
For the next few weeks, however, most of the team’s focus will be on finding a new coach… stay tuned.