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Why Portland Trail Blazers Would Be Wise to Send Raymond Felton Packing

Alex EppCorrespondent IJune 26, 2016

Why Portland Trail Blazers Would Be Wise to Send Raymond Felton Packing

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    We have now reached the All-Star break, and if one change were to be made to the Portland Trail Blazers roster it would be to send Raymond Felton packing.

    Trade him, Blazers. Trade him now.

    His production has not been there and he has not been much of a teammate. The Blazers have no need for what he offers—or doesn’t offer—the team.

Numbers Are Not Where They Should Be

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    This year Felton has been far from his career averages, shooting 37 percent from the field and a miserable 25 percent from beyond the arc, a full 8 percent less than his career average.

    Last year with New York Felton was showing signs that he had the potential to be an All-Star, averaging 17.1 points and nine assists per game.

    This year with the Blazers he has only averaged 10.2 points per game and 6.2 assists.

Blames Coach Nate McMillan

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    Earlier in February, after the Blazers lost a disheartening game to the Clippers, Felton thought it was necessary to put the blame for his struggles somewhere other than himself.

    When you are struggling, it's your fault, not anyone else's. One could make the argument McMillan was starting to get a little frustrated but until recently he continued to give the starting point guard job to Felton over Jamal Crawford.

    Seriously, Felton, take responsibility for your lack of play.

Does Not Fit with the Team

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    All of this goes to prove that something is not right with Felton and the Blazers. If Felton were to work out with the Blazers we would have started to see some definite signs by now.

    However, now more than halfway through the season and with nothing to show for it so far—except being demoted to the bench—Felton is obviously not a good fit for the Blazers. He needs to go.

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