New York Knicks Trade Rumor: Should Felton's Breakout Kill Interest in Nash?

Christopher KeshishianCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2011

PHOENIX - JANUARY 07:  Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks lays up a shot over Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 7, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.   The Knicks defeated the Suns 121-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This year, Raymond Felton has been a pleasant surprise for the New York Knicks. He continues to perform at an All-Star level he hadn't been able to play at in Charlotte.

He is averaging over 18 points, and almost nine assists. He is also averaging just a shade under two steals per game.

He is providing offense AND defense. He may not be the best on ball defender, but he's picking pockets at a good rate.

On the other hand is Steve Nash.

The former two-time MVP is on the wrong side of 30, by a lot. He is a horrible defender, but maybe the most offensively talented point guard the NBA has seen in a long time. He used to be the facilitator on Amare Stoudemire's former team, the Phoenix Suns.

New York was said to have interest in acquiring Steve Nash from the Suns, but I say it is a no-go.

Felton has the age and the defense at this point, and that gives him the edge. New York needs a long term producer, and that is what Raymond Felton is for them. Nash has a maybe one or two good years left in him, and unless New York obtains Carmelo Anthony, they will not be instant contenders in that time, meaning they should stick with the youth they have.

The oldest player on New York's roster is Roger Mason Jr., and he is only 30 years old. That speaks tons about the young, fresh legs New York has.

Sticking with the youth movement will assure long term success, especially if Carmelo decides to join the team.

Raymond Felton is the perfect fit with Wilson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, Danilo Galinari, and Landry Fields.

New York should set their sights on acquiring a big man to start at the center position, as that is more of a concern as of now than acquiring another point-guard, especially when you have a potential All-Star on your hands.