Source: Knicks’ Jackson told Felton he will be traded

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Knicks President Phil Jackson told point guard Raymond Felton during exit meetings last month that he will be traded during the offseason, a league source told SNY.tv.

“Raymond has been told he will be moved this offseason,” the source said.

Of course, Jackson’s first priority is to hire a coach after Steve Kerr stunned the Knicks — and the basketball world — on Wednesday by taking the Golden State Warriors job.

Felton, who turns 30 next month, is due to make $4.36 million in 2014-15 and he has a player option for $4.54 million in 2015-16.

The Felton news should not be that surprising considering his on-court performance and off-court antics this past season.

Battling groin and hamstring injuries that caused him to miss 17 games, Felton averaged 9.7 points and 5.6 assists. His career averages are 13.1 points and 6.5 assists.

In February, one NBA executive told SNY.tv: “Felton is the worst starting point guard in the NBA. I’d take 10 college point guards and about 30 NBA backups over him right now.”

Felton was ranked No. 43 among 50 point guards, according to CBSSports.com.

In late Februrary, Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges and released on $25,000 bail.

Prosecutors said they were told Felton stored a Belgian-made FN Herstal model handgun in his home from August through February. The gun had 18 rounds of live ammunition in its magazine, which can hold about 20 rounds, prosecutors said. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

The Knicks have veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni under contract for another two years but need to trade for or add a younger point guard going forward. They don’t own a first-round pick in the June 26 NBA Draft.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




306 comments
mike k smith
mike k smith

triangle doesn't need a typical PG...it'll be a floor spacer that can knock down shots, so you can forget rondo

Rene Demonteverde
Rene Demonteverde

Lakers should have offered Phil Jackson a place in the organization But Jimmy Buss is such a lousy GM and a bad brother in law. Their loss is the Knicks gain.

Glenn Willerforde
Glenn Willerforde

When Felton came back to the Knicks the 2nd time, he was never the same player. It's time for him to go. I would take Rondo over Deron Williams.

Beaux Mandrake
Beaux Mandrake

o yeah???? whos gonna take him????? no one will trade for a bum with a contract like that who has NO SKILL

Doreen Lyman
Doreen Lyman

DeMar & I have the same ideas. Not Williams until hevstarts playing with heart.

Doreen Lyman
Doreen Lyman

Get a player or two from the Clippers when they run from that team.

Malik Walker
Malik Walker

Lmao! Do any of you watch basketball? Why would teams trade their superstar PG's? Knicks are screwed. They won't be able to trade Felton because they don't have picks or assets (except Hardaway Jr) to give up. 

Eddie Diaz
Eddie Diaz

We need a true floor general! Felton had his chance and failed!

David Twotwenty
David Twotwenty

Raymond can score the ball without a question and he attacks the basket which is what a pg should always look to do then he can kick it out or find the big man. .Looks like His heads in the clouds hes not focused out there. Raymond can also play defense somewhat but he doenst look like he wants to prove anything anymore,, ever since he came back he hasn't played like the little pitbull that he is.

Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

knicks should be searching for a point guard that has better tactical target shooter and counter defense. kyrie, jimmer, klay thompson, jeff green, hinrich, deng?

Kaysie Peña
Kaysie Peña

Deron Williams would be great....trade for Steph Curry if he's available (GSW seems to want to blow up their team)

Kevin O'Rourke
Kevin O'Rourke

Maybe chris Paul if sterling isn't gone he'll need a team,...