Sometimes addition by subtraction is the best course of action.
According to Adam Zagoria, Jackson told Felton that he would be traded this offseason.
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.
Felton was often the cause for many of the Knicks problems and in the process drew the ire of Knicks fans everywhere.
He averaged 9.7 points and 5.6 assists, well below his career averages of 13.1 points and 6.5 assists. That doesn’t include the fact that he proved night in and night out that he may be the worst defensive guard in the NBA. Yet Felton played over 30 minutes a night despite for Mike Woodson.
He was so bad last season that 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 didn’t grade out well either as Felton was ranked No. 43 among 50 point guards, according to CBSSports.com.
It makes sense that Jackson would want to move Felton as he has proven that you can’t win with him running any offense, but he would be especially dreadful in the triangle offense that Jackson wants to install.
However I wouldn’t look for much of a return.
The Knicks need a young point guard and could use a first-round pick in this year’s draft. They won’t get that in a Felton deal.
Some team may be willing to target Felton as a backup point guard and be willing to part with a second-round pick, but given not only his declining play but the fact that Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in February, he doesn’t have much trade value.
Unless he just wants to give him away, which is an option.
Felton is due to make $4.36 million in 2014-15 and he has a player option for $4.54 million in 2015-16.
That’s a waste of money and Jackson’s best bet may simply be addition by subtraction.
If he can find any team willing to take Felton, he will likely pull the trigger even if he doesn’t get much in return.
The Knicks will be better off for it in the long run.