Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The Portland Trail Blazers have been looking for their next point guard of the future for some time now, and in a draft day deal last summer, the team thought they had found that player in Raymond Felton.

Averaging career lows all over the stat sheet, though, and being out of shape for most of the regular season, Felton’s future with the team wasn’t even certain beyond the March 15 trade deadline, let alone next year.

A late surge in production, however, begs the question, should the Blazers at least consider re-signing the 27-year old point guard moving forward next season?

Despite his poor play most of the year, Felton has shown signs of competency as of late that were seemingly non-existent three quarters of the way through the season.

Over the past 10 games, Felton’s numbers have increased to 13.8 points, 7.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game, and there was even a stretch in early April where he was looking like a triple-double threat night in and night out for this team.


Maybe Felton has finally gotten accustomed to the team. Maybe he’s gotten into shape. Maybe he’s suddenly remembered that he is in a contract year.

Maybe, though, his turnaround has more to do with the trade deadline deals that saw the team seemingly explode in front of our eyes just a month ago.

It’s no secret that Gerald Wallace was guilty of inconsistency this season, but his ability to go off and score any game of the week took away from the opportunity for Felton to lead the charge early in the year.

Running the point guard in Nate McMillan’s system appeared to also be a recipe for disaster. Interim head coach Kaleb Canales has seemingly rejuvenated a number of players on the roster—Felton included—and a new energy has been present in Portland since the March 15 deadline.

Felton certainly deserves recognition for what he’s done the past few weeks, but the question to be asked is whether or not his late-season surge has earned him a spot on the roster next season.

Despite an improvement in his numbers, one area where Felton remains one of the worst in the NBA is late-game execution.

Missed shots, bad passes and costly drops have helped ruin the team’s playoff chances this year, and while the entire season can’t be blamed on his poor execution, many games this year surely can.

The No. 1 reason, though, to rid the roster of Felton?

The fans.

The Rip City faithful have made it loud and clear in cyberspace, on the airwaves, and throughout the halls of the Rose Garden that they do not want to see Felton in a Trail Blazers uniform next season.

Despite not dealing Felton at the deadline, a notion has been set that the team is ready to make a move toward the future. Wallace, Camby, Nate McMillan and Greg Oden were all sent packing, and the idea has been planted inside the minds of each and every fan that change is on the horizon and that brighter days are just around the corner.

With a load of cap space, two potential lottery picks—to use or trade—and a newfound sense of progression gleaming from within the organization, there’s no reason to bring back a player who was so much a part of the problem for so long this season.

In the midst of the youth movement taking place in Portland, watching Felton return to the team next season would feel like a step backward, and would be a confusing move at best to a fan base that has been so disgusted at so many points this year.

Felton deserves recognition for his improvements, and his play has possibly even earned him a bigger deal than fans in Portland want to admit.

Just don’t expect it to be with the Blazers, though, as it’s time for the two sides to part ways once this dreadful season reaches its disappointing conclusion April 26.


Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'


Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

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.

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.