Report: Knicks Would Like To Move Felton; Teague, Lowry On Radar
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The All-Star break is over, and the Knicks are set to kick off the second half of their disappointing campaign on Tuesday night against the Grizzlies.
Raymond Felton will be on the court for New York at FedExForum, but will he still be on the team by Thursday?
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m., and while it looks as if Carmelo Anthony is safe, the point guard could be on the move.
According to the New York Daily News, general manager Steve Mills is looking to upgrade the point-guard position in an effort to salvage what is, at this point, a lost season.
“There’s no question that the Knicks want to upgrade that position,” one Eastern Conference executive told the newspaper on Monday night. “That’s their top goal.”
Felton has struggled in 2013-14, averaging 10.4 points, 5.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game. He’s averaging 2.2 turnovers.
The Knicks are interested in point guards Jeff Teague and Kyle Lowry, according to multiple reports. Teague, 25, is averaging 15.6 points, 7.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds for the Hawks. What could put a dent in trade talks between Atlanta and New York is the fact that Teague has three years and $32 million remaining on his current contract.
Lowry, meanwhile, has the Raptors on pace to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Villanova product is averaging 16.7 points, 7.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds for Toronto, which is in first place in the Atlantic Division — three-and-a-half games ahead of Brooklyn and eight games ahead of New York.
“I like everybody on our ballclub,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “At the end of the day, Steve and I will sit down along with Mr. (James) Dolan and guys who make the decisions, and if they think there’s something worthy, then I’m sure we’ll do something. If not, we’ll sit tight with what we got and try to figure it out from there.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, the 20-32 Knicks are two-and-a-half games behind the Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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