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.
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.