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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: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:07 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Sure, he's not a Steve Nash calibre point, but then again, only Deron Williams and Chris Paul are worthy comparisons.
Stephen Curry is a steve nash clone that rebounds better.....ZING!

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:04 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

I am gonna tell you why Reilly is a snake. 
When he was running my Knicks and guys had contract issues or other problems he preached loyalty loyalty loyalty.  Apparently this didn't apply to him only his players as when the Heat offered him total conrol he bailed on us.  So he can kiss my ass, he's a piece of crap and the biggest snake in all of sports.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:52 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Cain - I agree - I think the Knicks deifnitely upgraded in a big way.  They're one player away for contending.  I'm curious to see if the three headed monster is too good to be true.  The Yankees fielded All-Star Teams for the last decade and went 9 years without a championship.  Let's see how it goes....

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:48 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

I'm going to miss Raymond Felton being in Charlotte, but I hope it works out with the New York Knicks.  Sure, he's not a Steve Nash calibre point, but then again, only Deron Williams and Chris Paul are worthy comparisons.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:46 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

And for you Knick fans that have written off AR4 already, I took his stats and averaged it out over 36 minutes (if he starts, he could get that many) and here is what it came up as:

Minutes: 36
Pts: 18.1
Reb: 10.1
Ast: 2
Blk: 2.4
Stl: 2

Bet you would take those numbers

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:36 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

amen brother !!

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:20 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Lebron was stuck in Cleveland for 7yrs. He put his time in and nearly won a championship for lowly Cleveland. Did he quit in the playoffs this yr? Sure looked like it. 7yrs later he actually gets to choose his employer...just like you and I are free to do EVERY DAY. Would you post a similar sentiment if Lebron had chosen the Knicks? Doubtful.

Riley a snake? Would you feel the same way if he was in NYC running the pathetic Knicks? Do you feel the same way about the Steinbrenner's who routinely acquire the top talent in MLB? Didn't think so.

Stoudemire an upgrade over David Lee? Only if you like flash and flair over substance and work ethic...oh and let's not forget being injury prone versus health.

I'm kind of tired of the Eastern Conference Champs coming up short and the Lakers winning. It'll be a nice change if the Heat can make the finals and beat them.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:18 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

Anthony Randolph in 35 games last year averaged:

23 minutes
11.6 pts
6.5 reb
1+ ast
1.5 blk
1 stl

Hardly trash. And Azubuike and Turiaf are from it as well. Please do some research before just spoutin off.

And Mike Miller was only going to Miami. Knicks could have thrown more money at him, and he still would have walked away.

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

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

I like the Felton move, he is a traditional point guard, and put up decent numbers. Also he was on an expansion team that started to play well last year. Besides we will still have cap room for a Max player next year, and he will definetly help, and will benefit from D'antoni's system.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:59 pm

Free-Agent Buzz: Felton to Knicks (UPDATE)

The Knick situation might not be nearly as bad as we think.  Stoudamire is an upgrade over Lee although there certainly is an injury concern.  This Randolph kid that they got in the Lee trade has TONS of potential (i know it is potential, but still there is major upside here.  Felton is better than what they have and there is still money that they can spend. Next offseason when Curry's contract comes off the books, they can be players for another max contract such as Chris Paul or Carmello Anthony.  That is unless Pat Riley can figure out a way to get those guys to come to Miami as well.  Just when I thought it was not possible to hate Pat Riley more than I already do, he adds new dimensions to the word snake.

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