The New York Knicks are heading into a very intriguing offseason with Phil Jackson at the helm. Jackson is looking to make some moves to put the Knicks back on the map after a very disappointing 2013/14 campaign, and he appears to be ready to trade starting point guard Raymond Felton.
According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV, Jackson has told Felton that he will be traded this offseason.
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.
This is certainly interesting news coming out of New York, but it can’t be labeled as a surprise. Felton got in trouble off the court last season due to pointing a gun at his wife in public. Trading the troubled point guard could be a task for Jackson, but he appears ready to move on from Felton no matter what.
Felton played in and started 65 regular season games this season with the Knicks, averaging 9.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game. He had a big season with New York in 2012, but didn’t seem to care all that much this past year. The Knicks will be much better off moving on from him and starting with a new name at point guard next year, and moving him could actually fix one of the main issues from this past year.
Overall, it will be very intriguing to see if any teams show interest in acquiring Felton. His off-the-court issues are concerning, and his on-the-court play doesn’t make the risk worth taking. Jackson will have some work to do this coming offseason if he really does want to trade Felton, and he could very well end up having to buy him out of his contract just to get him out of New York.