For the first time in months, New York Knicks fans have news to potentially be happy about.
According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV, Knicks president Phil Jackson has told starting point guard Raymond Felton that he will be traded.
Knicks President Phil Jackson told point guard Raymond Felton during exit meetings last month that he will be traded during the offseason, a league source told SNY.tv.
“Raymond has been told he will be moved this offseason,” the source said.
If Phil Jackson can move Raymond Felton, Knicks fans will be extremely happy with how he’s starting off in his front office position.
While many fans cap for the 30 year old, Felton hasn’t done the Knicks franchise any good since reacquiring the point guard via trade during the 2012 offseason. Upon arrival, there were hopes that Felton could play as well as he did under Mike D’Antoni during his first stint as a Knick where he averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists per game before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York.
Fast forward two years later and Felton hasn’t lived up to the expectation of the 3-year, $10 million deal that he signed with the club. Over the next two seasons, the Knicks will owe Felton around $7.5 million, a price tag that’ll surely scare teams away from the often overweight point guard. Combine that with Felton’s recent legal history and his trade value is dead.
But Phil Jackson may be able to work his magic here. Last season, the Knicks almost duped someone into take Felton, that someone being the Clippers, but the Clippers realized the mistake they’d be making and pulled out of the deal. Jackson has lots of friends in front offices across the league, so that may be a way to get one of those friends to throw him a bone, but if everyone is seeing the situation in a reasonable manner, Felton being traded out of New York without giving up a valuable asset like Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. or a future first-round pick will be a tough task, even for the Zen Master himself.