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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: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:16 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Amen Brother!!!

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:55 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

A pretty good signing for the Knicks, now that they have a PG who can get the ball to Amare. At least Felton will be an upgrade over Duhon and this move (in addition to the others) might actually make the Knicks competitive enough to make the playoffs in the East next year. Figure the Heat, Magic, Celtics, Bulls, and Hawks are shoe ins to make it. After that, there aren't too many other team who are better than the Knicks on paper, so they should be able to get one of the remaining 3 spots.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:53 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Thank God for Donnie Walsh!...Look we were not getting James regardless of what we (Knicks) did cause they had this was plan from the start to play together. Period. And not for nothing God bless 'em. They can do what they want and you have to respect that. In saying that, getting Amare and Felton, grabbing randolph (massive trade bait) who has big upside while putting yourself close to 20 million under the cap NEXT year and improving your team is unreal. Look, we are not that close to championship yet but we are at least a contender and if Gallo goes where I think he is going and we sign either Mello/Parker/Cp3 we are right in the mix. Also, Felton's numbers while playing for Larry Brown and the Bobcats...all D and slow it down...were average 12pts, 6 dimes. He will put up nice numbers for us (Knicks) 19pts, 8.5 dimes, 4 boards and under 1.6 to's. Remember he was the college 5th overall pick. A winner at NC and a true point guard. We (Knicks) have done the best we could and I am off to the Garden BABY!......LETS GO KNICKS!

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:12 am

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Hey Knick haters... get a clue!

First off, WayneLee, Steph Curry went one pick before Knicks took Jordan Hill. Do your research. If you wanna rip on the Knicks for that draft, rip Hill over Brandon Jennings, that was their real mistake.

Anyone who think David Lee is better than Amar'e Stoudamire is on drugs! For real??? D Lee is the WORST defending big man in the Association! Don't get me wrong, I loved the guy, he was my favorite Knick on a sadistically bad team to watch. Amar'e is worlds better defensively, and that's not saying much because he isn't a good defender! But he is a more feared all around player. He is not injury prone! The eye injury 2 years ago was a fluke injury! He wears goggles now, dead issue. As for the knee, it has been fine since mircrofrature surgery. You either recover from that and get by or you don't. Given his numbers, he has. There is also a much stronger chance of players getting back to a high level who have had that surgery earlier in their career than later. Most guys (other than Kidd) who have had it later have been done, he has already come back and proven himself. Look at his games played minus the fluke eye injury year before spouting off.

And while Amar'e is not a great defender, he's around the same as Bosh (go look at Moore's column from a couple days ago if you don't believe me). But you know who are good defenders? Every other player the Knicks added since LeDouche went from budding MJ to budding Pippen. Randolph is freakish and a young Camby and boards and blocks and goes all out. Azubuike plays D and is a perfect fit for SSoL and is also an effort guy. Turiaf is a block machine when he gets minutes. Felton also plays solid D and will have a chance to flourish in SSoL. The Knicks got younger, more athletic, more defensive minded and have a collection of solid young players, and only 1 big contract in the bunch. Additionally, they are still players next year for Melo, CP3, DWill or Parker if any become free and they have solid, affordable, young assets to offer in trades if any of those players do get offered up. Donnie did a helluva job within 24 hrs of being spurned and didn't go all freaked out giving a ton of bad contracts to use up his cap space. There is only one player under contract after 2012 right now, Amar'e. Talk about continued flexibility!

As to my LeDouche comment... Sorry, he was my fave player in the league, not anymore. That title goes to Durant now. I don't blame him for wanting to win, I do blame him for how this was handled, how he treated Cleveland and how he put himself above the sport that has given him a life and millions of dollars. It was disrespectful to the men who pioneered this game and league before him and despicable on many levels. I also could never see MJ, Kobe, Bird, Magic or a host of other championship winning studs before him having gone the easy route before they won a title. He's not a leader, he's a follower and follower's don't deserve that kind of special. You know who else doesn't deserve a special like that? Someone who has never won a NBA title. When you win something, then maybe talk to me but last time I checked, all you've won is a high school title.

But back to the Knicks and the Felton signing/Lee trade: They are in a much better place than they have been for years. And wow, no luxury tax! They will push 40-45 wins and compete for the 7/8 seed this year. If Melo doesn't sign that extension, he might be coming home.

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:45 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Thank you for making me not have to respond to the obviously un-educated person up above. The Knicks have upgraded tremendously. We will make the playoffs next year. Nuff said! Take care.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:44 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

They thought they were sending out for some Indian cuisine, not getting a "BASKETBALL Player, er bust.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:41 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Either LeBron has no ego or no smarts. He may win in Miami, but he will always be numero dos there. Wade is the man, and he already has one. And if they lose in the playoffs and he has a bad game, he'll feel like one of those dolls they stick pins in. Barkeley is right. He should have gone to any team he was going to be the man. In Miami, he looks more like the caddie.

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:15 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

How could have the knicks drafted Curry? He was picked before.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:03 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

The Lee trade is a good one, in my opinion. If Randolph and Azubkie can stay healthy, they will be two very good players. You guys keep bashing it, but you don't realize who these players are. If they do get Felton, I'm am very happy with the offseason for the Knicks.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:55 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

And the Knicks could have drafted Curry--total losers!

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