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Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 6:56 pm
Shut out in their pursuit of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Knicks are close to landing a more traditional point guard to run Mike D'Antoni's offense. Free-agent Raymond Felton is close to a multi-year agreement to join Amar'e Stoudemire in New York.

With cap space to burn after James turned down the Knicks for a chance to join Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the Knicks have quickly turned to Plan B. First, they got Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf from Golden State in a sign-and-trade that sent David Lee to the Warriors. Team president Donnie Walsh's next target was a point guard or point-forward capable of inititiating D'Antoni's up-tempo, pick-and-roll offense. Felton, 26, the fifth pick in the 2005 draft, is the best available option and a good fit for D'Antoni's system. Though Felton averaged career lows in scoring average (12.1) and assists (5.6) last season, he shot a career-high 39 percent from 3-point range.

With Felton and Randolph, the 14th pick in 2008, the Knicks are on the verge of acquiring two recent lottery picks in the less than 24 hours since James turned them down. The team had been holding out hope that it could outbid the Heat and Bulls for sharpshooter Mike Miller, but Knicks president Donnie Walsh said on a conference call with reporters Friday that Miller was signing with the Heat, who offered a five-year, approximately $30 million deal.


Free-agent Kyle Korver has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Bulls, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to Friday. ... Agent Henry Thomas reports steady progress on contracts for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, with all signs pointing to Bosh going to Miami in a sign-and-trade that would land him the same six-year, $126 million deal that Wade will get to stay with the Heat. Max deals starting at $16.57 million for all three of the Miami free agents would become available if the Heat are able to pull off a sign-and-trade for LeBron James, who committed to Miami Thursday night. The maneuver, along with the trade of Michael Beasley to Minnesota, also would open up space for Miami to retain free-agent Udonis Haslem. ... Our Facts & Rumors blog has the goods on Tyrus Thomas agreeing to a five-year, $40 million deal to stay in Charlotte with the Bobcats.


Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 2:22 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

I don't think Curry can start. I don't think Amare can be a center, can he? I think the NYK should find a C that can just rebound and defend. You guys are crazy about Felton, that dude is a very good PG - great pick up.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2010 7:52 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Serious? Start Curry? LOL!!!!!

Knicks will give themselves the best shot at winning by starting Stat at the 5 and AR4 at the 4. Bring Turiaf off the bench as the energy guy at both 5 and 4.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:11 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

The Knicks might actually be exciting enough to watch for th first time in 10 years - God knows Golden State will continue to be horrible

Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:27 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Over the past couple years, I've watched Felton play for the Bobcats. You guys are getting a very good point guard that knows how to play defense and not turn the ball over. I think he will be great in the system that D'Antoni has with Stoudemire. Wish only the best for Felton.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:41 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

You get my vote!

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:14 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Raymond FeltonYell?! I thought Amar'e Stoudemire was bringing Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs along with him.

Raymond Felton is not Plan B. He is more like Plan D or Plan E.

I guess Felton will be keeping the seat warm until Parker or Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets become free agents.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:05 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

lol...get a life.,...

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 10:47 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

As a knick fan I agree with Lee when in his recent interview sadly explained that the next had playoff capable team 3 years ago with j. crawford, Lee, and z.randolph.  To no avail, the knicks began a regiment of dumping those players to open up cap space for, Ronny turiaf and raymond Felton?   Poor planning by the knicks, the front office is what needs to change in the knicks organization before they will win a championship.

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:48 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Felton is a great pick up if the Knicks do indeed sign him.. I think letting Lee go was the smarter thing to do. They do not need him with Stoudemire. Especially when they got some solid players in return for him. Those 3 players (Turiaf, Azibuke, and Randolph) are more defensive minded, are thrive in an up-tempo style offense.

You need a bench if your going to win. Especially since the Knicks are already looking toward next years draft + free agency to bring in another piece for Stoudamire to work with. There is NO reason this team shouldn't get 30-40 wins next year and possibly even playoffs. They are putting together some great pieces.

C- Curry
PF - Stoudemire
SF - Gallinari
SG - Azibuke
PG - Felton

^ I really think with Curry's contract he shouldn't be sitting on the bench, but this COULD be a solid line-up regardless. Even if they decide to put Curry on Bench, Stoudemire could start C and Turiaf could start PF. That team can at least win some games.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 3:23 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

only if the knicks had given him total control, the knicks would be in a better situation

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