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Report: Phil Jackson told Raymond Felton Knicks would trade him

May 16, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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Phil Jackson has yet to put his stamp on the Knicks with a major move, not even a coaching hiring (unless you count signing Lamar Odom or firing Mike Woodson, whose departure seemed likely long before Jackson arrived).

But Jackson will eventually hire a coach (I assume), and he doesn’t want to stop there.

Adam Zagoria of TheKnicksBlog:

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

This is where I think Jackson’s learning curve as an executive is steep.

Felton, who will turn 30 next month, is coming off probably the worst season of his career. He’s under contract for two more years at $7,744,006. Oh, and he’s facing felony gun charges.

Jackson doesn’t want that guy on his team? Who does?

Good luck trading Felton – especially without draft picks to convince another team to take him. The NBA’s other 29 general managers aren’t suckers.

So, what happens if training camp begins and Jackson hasn’t found a trade partner? Will Felton play his heart out for a team he knows doesn’t want him? Will the Knicks just waive him and accept the burdensome cap hit?

Unless this is some type of mind trick with Felton, Jackson has set himself up for a bad outcome .

  1. 00maltliquor - May 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Real talk, I was gonna say the same thing lol! PJ just made things get real awkward once training camp rolls around!

  2. jtbsteeler - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Rumor. Once again putting out fake stuff.

  3. chicagosports2014 - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Melo told Phil he wasn’t coming back last month

  4. cruzan80 - May 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    No team is going to trade for Raymond Felton. He was the reason why the trade proposal of Shumpert to the Clippers for Collison didn’t happen. Just cut him & take the cap hit. He was awful on & off the court & needs to be removed quickly.

    • biasedhomer - May 17, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Maybe the Nets will take him

  5. SBoy - May 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    The knicks have a year to get their house in order prior to 2015 free agency when they’ll have cap space… No need to hang on every detail or rumored move between now and then…

    • sportsfan18 - May 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      You’re right, there is not a need…

      BUT, it will happen anyway…

      Because of our WANTS…

      We (the public) eat this stuff up…

      • SBoy - May 16, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        And you’re right that it will happen, and the public eats it up. But it baseball it’s become popular wisdom that it is not about making splashes and winning the back-pages in the off season that counts… I’ll borrow and paraphrase a phrase from NY Giant… In Phil Jackson I trust. (so long as Dolan keeps his hands off) so no need to get worked up about every little move, non-move or rumor, a year before it really start to get interesting…

  6. duhwighthoward - May 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    How is this for a team?

    1 Raymond Felton
    2 Kyle Lowry
    3 OJ Mayo
    4 Jared Sullinger
    5 Big Baby Davis

    • jimeejohnson - May 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Sounds like a team destined to lose a lot

  7. ebecks34 - May 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Well, I don’t know about you, but I’d never bet against Ernie Grunfeld or Billy King

  8. eugenesaxe1 - May 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Dough Boy’s done for, nobody wants any of that.

  9. mackcarrington - May 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    The arrogance and aggressiveness you can have as a coach may not suit you well as an executive.

  10. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Much like the Woodson firing, isn’t getting rid of Felton obvious. PJ is doing him a favor by telling him in advance. Besides the fact Felton sucks & is never in shape, he doesn’t fit the system. Shumpert is a much better fit at pg in the triangle offense.

    • TheMorningStar - May 16, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      How is TELLING Felton he is trading him “doing him a favor”?

      The real favor would be if Jackson ACTUALLY was able to ship Felton out of the circus that is Knick b’ball.

      • cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        He can sell his place ahead of time & not lose a ton of money.

      • TheMorningStar - May 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        You’re missing the point…Felton is going NOWHERE.

        The Knicks have two choices: keep him, or release him.

        Either way NY is on the hook for the 7 mil.

    • AZ Dem - May 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Dummy, Jackson doesn’t work for Felton. He’s not supposed to be doing “favors” for the players. Jackson works for the NYK.

      You never tell a player that you’re thinking of trading him. Because if it gets out, the player you’re trying to move is going to lose a lot of his value.

  11. nikedunks13 - May 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    They MIGHT be able to trade him with one of their expiring contracts.

  12. nikedunks13 - May 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Oh and even if he is there when camp starts and things are awkward who cares? He really can’t play much worse than he did last season.

  13. rich6812 - May 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    He also laid hands on the blind, deaf and dumb. The dumb wrote the above post.

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