Knicks' Raymond Felton out 2-3 weeks with hamstring strain

Raymond Felton is out 2-3 weeks.  (USATSI)
Raymond Felton is out 2-3 weeks. (USATSI)

As rumors swirl that the Knicks are exploring a trade with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry that would involve Raymond Felton, the Knicks announced Thursday that Felton will miss 2-3 weeks with a hamstring injury. From ESPN New York: 

Felton aggravated a pre-existing left hamstring injury in the third quarter against Cleveland on Tuesday while driving to the basket. He was removed from the game shortly thereafter and never returned. Felton also missed Wednesday's win over the Bulls.

An MRI taken Thursday confirmed that Felton had a strained left hamstring, the team said.

via Raymond Felton of New York Knicks out 2-3 weeks - ESPN New York.

Felton has been a disaster this season, injured and out of whack for the struggling Knicks. He's averaging 10.3 point on 10.6 shots per game, shooting 39 percent with five assists and two turnovers per game. He's been limited in pick and roll offensively and has struggled defensively as well. Basically, he's been a Knick this season. 

The injury is unlikely to affect his trade standing due to it just being a strain. It may accelerate the Knicks' trade work, though, since Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih have been just as bad as Felton at point. Without Felton, they do lose the best player at lobbing to Tyson Chandler, who is expected to be back sometime in the next few weeks. It's possible Felton could be back around the same time Chandler returns, however. The question is whether the Knicks can survive until then. They haven't so far. 

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