New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is looking for more back court help, and it could come in the form of former guard Raymond Felton, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Things are going better this season for the New York Knicks than most people had expected when the season began. Their 19-20 record was not something the NBA expected to see.
Two of the biggest reasons for the surprising start to the season are New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and rookie Kristaps Porzingis. Not a whole lot was expected of them.
NBA analysts believed that Carmelo Anthony was going to put up points for the New York Knicks like he does every year. They weren’t expecting an unselfish leader to show up.
Most everyone already knows that Kristaps Porzingis was booed heavily by New York Knicks fans when he was drafted. The Latvian rookie has now won over the fans with his good play.
Even the supporting cast has done surprisingly well. Lance Thomas is now one of the better backups in the NBA, while Robin Lopez is turning more and more into a very good center.
The big thing that Phil Jackson wants to fix for the New York Knicks right now is the back court play. Jackson would love to find another guard that can come in and contribute well.
A guard that has been playing well lately is Raymond Felton of the Dallas Mavericks. Felton has significantly boosted his stock by providing excellent back court play off the bench.
Over the past ten games, Raymond Felton has provided the Dallas Mavericks with 25.7 minutes of play a night, while solidly averaging 9.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game.
Back in 2010, Raymond Felton signed a 2 year contract worth $15.8 million with the New York Knicks, which is a sign that he likes what the organization and the city have to offer.
When the Portland Trailblazers traded Raymond Felton back to the New York Knicks in July of 2012, the veteran guard was said to be quite pleased that he was heading back there.
While he is doing really well with the Dallas Mavericks this season, Raymond Felton might not be completely opposed to returning to the New York Knicks, especially if he gets time.
A trade that might work out really well for both the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks would involve Raymond Felton and backup power forward Kyle O’Quinn being swapped.
As mentioned earlier, the New York Knicks would like to have another guard in their rotation. Raymond Felton could provide that and mentor rookie guard Jerian Grant as well.
Kyle O’Quinn is a very solid player that deserves more minutes than what the New York Knicks can give him right now. A veteran team like the Dallas Mavericks could always use depth.
Neither of these guys are going to cause the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks to jump drastically in the power rankings, but it will help them make improvements on the court.
At the very least, it will give New York Knicks fans another thing to be excited about. Raymond Felton was quite the fan favorite during his two separate stints with the organization.
A lot of New York Knicks fans continued to support Raymond Felton when he was going through his legal issues, which are all in his rear view mirror nowadays, by the way.
While many NBA fans prefer looking for the splashy trades involving big name superstars, a simple Raymond Felton trade could go a long way in helping out two franchises.
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