After getting arrested for gun possession early this morning, Raymond Felton was formally convicted of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. Felton was arrested when his wife — who is currently filing for divorce — turned in a semi-automatic handgun belong to Felton to the police.
However, Felton posted his $25,000 bail and was released today. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Felton expects to be in Miami on Thursday to play the Heat.
The news comes as a surprise as there was speculation that Felton wouldn’t be able to rejoin the team so quickly — perhaps because of jail time — or that he would be suspended by the NBA or the New York Knicks. The latter two are still a possibility, I suppose, but Berman’s report seems that Felton will stay with the team.
There’s also been talking that Felton could be bought out or have his contract voided by the team. However, with the Knicks buying out Beno Udrih on Monday, and Pablo Prigioni and Toure’ Murry as the only two point guards, the Knicks need Felton if they want to keep their far-fetched dream of the playoffs even somewhat alive. They could possibly seek a free agent signing at point guard, but that would likely diminish their chances even further.
The details of Felton’s case are still a little rough, and until the courts decide more, it seems as though Felton’s case will hang up in the air. No doubt, however, that come Thursday, he will be the talk around the team.
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