Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 7/15/12


After being informed the Rockets' poison pill (re: Jeremy Lin) became that much more deadly with the altered terms, the Knicks took to the phones. Working feverishly to seek out other potential alternatives, the team didn't have to look very far. With that, a former Knick and rumored offseason target will be returning to the Big Apple.

The Knicks agreed to a sign & trade deal with the Blazers for Raymond Felton, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Though details regarding Felton's contract are yet to be officially released, it seems Felton will be returning, along with Kurt Thomas (another fan-favorite).

In return, the Knicks will sign & trade Jared Jeffries and ship him to Portland along with center Dan Gadzuric. Sources tell Berman New York is now NOT expected to match Lin's offer sheet.

Despite Lin being a favorite to return to the Knicks all summer, due to all the "Linsanity," there's still been a Lin vs. Felton debate amongst the media and fans this offseason. While Felton is a more proven player who would likely cost less, the impact Lin had on New York City this past season is undeniable. He helped bring the electricity back to the Garden in the most shocking of ways. His popularity rose, and his still growing fame stands to make the Knicks a lot of money going forward. The team took a chance on him once, and were widely expected to take another one by allowing him to play out a full season as a starting floor general.

There's no denying how well Lin played during his exciting outburst, but given the small sample size, it's difficult to know which Lin the Knicks would truly get if they re-signed him. Would it be the one who rose to fame (and apparently, fortune) all due to "Linsanity?" Or is it perhaps the Lin who struggled to break through against contending teams like the Miami Heat? A more likely scenario would appear to be the Lin who, although he took time, was beginning to find his rhythm amongst the Knicks' stars.

With little certain, however, it's possible the Knicks would rather not bite the bullet and take the risk.

While Felton may not be a star, he's a consistent player who has experience playing with Knicks players like Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, and Tyson Chandler. For those solely comparing Felton and Lin in regard to individual talent, consider this: Stoudemire was playing at an M.V.P. level with Felton running the show in 2010-11.

If STAT is able to return to star form alongside Felton, isn't adding the former Knick in lieu of Lin worth the swap?

Of course, there's always the outside possibility that New York retains Lin anyway. Financially, the ability to bring Lin back is not affected by the acquisition of Felton, as the team owns Lin's Bird Rights. They can go over the cap to sign him, if so desired.

With a glaring void at the shooting guard position (with Landry Fields officially now a Raptor), perhaps the Knicks are gearing up to play two point guards at once. They'd certainly have enough tandems to choose from, should Jason Kidd, Felton, Lin, and Pablo Prigioni all be in the fold.



The And-One: Though Felton is obviously the headliner of this deal, fans seem to be "upset" over the fact that the Knicks are losing Jeffries. Keep in mind the team is not "wronging" the forward in any way, shape, or form. Jeffries is not going to Portland against his will. As a free agent, Jeffries NEEDS to agree to a deal with the Blazers in order for the trade to go through. Obviously it appears as though he's done this.

What's more, Jeffries would have probably earned the veteran's minimum playing in New York or probably anywhere else for that matter. He now stands to earn a bit more of a lucrative contract due to all the salaries needing to match up between the two teams.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker