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Could Felton end up back in New York?
The Knicks are expected to match the Rockets' offer sheet to restricted free agent Jeremy Lin. Raymond Felton, an unrestricted free agent who made $7.6 million with the Portland Trail Blazers, must've known when Jason Kidd decided to do a switch-a-roo and sign with the Knicks instead of the Mavericks that there was little chance of living out his dream of returning to New York.
I'm not sure the move would've been good for Felton if he had come to New York. The Knicks team he played with in 2010 is now long gone. That run-and-gun style of play that he excelled in under former coach Mike D'antoni has also been replaced by more of a half-court offense by current coach Mike Woodson. The product at the Garden is also more reliant on defense than anything he ever saw when he was with the Knicks.
I know the Houston Rockets are in need of a point guard. I have no idea who they plan on starting at this point. They parted ways with Goran Dragic, letting him return to the Phoenix Suns and traded away Kyle Lowry. They're unlikely to sign Jeremy Lin, which leaves them with very little choices.
They're also unlikely to resign Courtney Lee but strangely enough they have another guard Courtney in Courtney Fortson who has been in and out of the D-League. Right now, the Rockets are looking at one of those options or starting the mighty Earl Boykins, who played in eight games last year.
They chose Jeremy Lamb with the pick, which is a nice selection, but certainly not the kind of player who can run point guard, especially as a rookie.
Felton is someone who could step in and provide the leadership he demonstrated with the Knicks to a Rockets team very much in flux right now. He would fit in well with Luis Scola's style of play and I could see them running the pick-and-roll very nicely together.
The Rockets are primed to sign a point guard. They need one. Felton is the best available so it sounds like a no-brainer. But this Rockets franchise seems to have everyone puzzled with what they're doing. They have a ton of draft picks and young talent but no one to run the offense.