The New York Knicks made a move Saturday to secure a point guard, although not the one everyone expected. The Knicks have picked up Raymond Felton via sign-and-trade from the Portland Trail Blazers for Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric, as reported by Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. The Knicks also pick up veteran Kurt Thomas to complete the deal. Acquiring Felton will most likely lead to the Knicks declining to match the Houston Rockets offer sheet for restricted free agent Jeremy Lin. Felton’s deal is for a reported $10 million over three years.
Felton had a disappointing season for the Trail Blazers in 2011-2012, averaging only 11.4 ppg and 6.5 assists. Felton played for the Knicks for half of the 2010-2011 season and averaged 17.1 ppg and 9 apg before New York sent him to the Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade.
Felton was drafted 5th overall out of North Carolina by the Bobcats in 2005. For his career, Felton has averaged 13.4 ppg and 6.7 assists in seven seasons with the Bobcats, Knicks, Nuggets and Trail Blazers.