Report: Knicks Lead Pack For Point Guard Raymond Felton
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Steve Nash won’t be suiting up for the Knicks next season at MSG. Neither it seems will Jason Kidd, as the veteran is reportedly on the verge of re-signing with Dallas.
There’s not much left for New York in its search for a starting-caliber point guard who can work with — or perhaps without — restricted free agent Jeremy Lin.
Their next target at the position appears to be familiar face Raymond Felton. The Knicks are in the lead for the free agent’s services and “committed” to acquiring him, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
Felton averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists in 54 games for the Knicks two seasons ago before he was sent packing in the Carmelo Anthony trade with Denver.
New York could use their $3 million mid-level exception or nab Felton at a higher price in a sign-and-trade, the Daily News reported, which “would likely include Toney Douglas.”
“He loved playing in New York,” Felton’s agent, Tony Dutt, told the New York Post. “Our choice was to never have left New York. There were no hard feelings. Management handled it the best they could. I don’t think they ever misled us and I never felt they wanted him in that trade.”
“I consider them definitely on his high list,” Dutt added. “He would love to go back.”
The 28-year-old averaged 11.4 points and 6.5 assists with Portland last season.
Lin has received a multi-year offer sheet from the Rockets, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Knicks will have a chance to match if he accepts the deal with Houston.
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