HoopsHype Raymond Felton rumors

February 26, 2014 Updates

The last thing this team needs is more distractions, but on Wednesday when the recently arrested Raymond Felton returned to practice, his legal troubles trumped everything else Knicks related. Felton is going to play the rest of the season with pending felony firearm charges, but tried to downplay the distraction in a statement to the press, after which he did not answer questions. “I want to start off by saying thank you to my teammates, thank you to the fans,” Felton told reporters after practice without taking any questions. “To my family, to my friends, everybody for their support in this situation. This is not a distraction to this team. I’m focusing on finishing out this season, finishing out these games with my teammates. As far as speaking on what’s going on off the court with me, there will be no comment. If you’ve got any questions, anything dealing with that, speak with my lawyer. “I’m here to concentrate on this team, finish this season out with the New York Knicks and see what happens, man. Trying to make it to the playoffs. We’re five and a half games out, 25 games left, so I’m really focusing on that with these guys, with the team and trying to make that happen.” Basketball Insiders

Center Tyson Chandler said that outside of the increased media at practice Wednesday, the situation hasn't been a distraction. "Honestly, I don't think that's any of my business," he said when asked whether he talked to Felton about what happened. "My concern is him as an individual, as a friend, teammate, brother, and [when] when he's ready to play basketball, go out there and fight with him. ESPN.com

Felton declined any comment on the legal matters, directing questions to his attorneys. “As far as speaking on what’s going on off the court with me, there’ll be no comment. Speaking on that, if you’ve got any questions or dealing with that, speak with my lawyer. Other than that, I’m here to concentrate on this team, finish this season out with the New York Knicks and see what happens, man, trying to make it to the playoffs,” Felton said. New York Post

February 25, 2014 Updates

According to a law-enforcement official, the arrest stems from a semiautomatic handgun that allegedly belongs to Mr. Felton and was left at the apartment of his estranged wife, Ariane Felton. Ms. Felton and the attorney representing her in divorce proceedings took the gun, which had 17 bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, to the 20th precinct station house in Manhattan Monday evening because she no longer wanted it in the home, the official said. Wall Street Journal

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New York Knicks star Raymond Felton was questioned by police Tuesday morning after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman, sources said. The starting point guard, whose wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, recently filed for divorce, was being quizzed at the 20th Precinct Station House on the Upper West Side, according to law-enforcement sources. New York Post

Officers escorted the point guard from the precinct through a back door into a black Ford Taurus and pulled away quickly. The woman involved was his girlfriend, sources said. New York Post

February 21, 2014 Updates

Felton said he actually has lost weight since the season began. But the Knicks still shopped him at the trade deadline as they looked to upgrade the point-guard position. “Nobody can criticize anything about my fitness,’’ Felton said. “My weight is down. Even lower than it was earlier in the season. Earlier in the season I was hurting, playing with an injury. That’s just a cop-out thing. Somebody wants to talk about it. “I had one year where I was out of [shape]. Now everybody wants to talk about my weight every year. It kind of gets old, kind of getting on my nerves. That’s all they want to talk about. Don’t make no excuses for me. If you want to say I’m not making shots and not doing something as far as basketball, fine, but stop trying to attack my weight all the time. I had one year when I was out of shape. That was it.’’ New York Post

Felton’s hamstring, hip and groin woes cost him a good start to the season, but he has been healthy for several weeks. However, mentally he has alluded to going through tough times and The Post’s Page Six reported Wednesday that Felton’s wife is filing for divorce. When asked this morning if the reported personal issues have affected his play, Felton said: “That’s my personal life. It’s your life. When you’re going through certain things in life, it’s on your mind, no matter what. You try not to let it come into your job and to your workplace but sometimes it does. You’re human. It’s part of life.’’ New York Post

February 20, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony said last week that he was very interested in re-signing this offseason as long as the Knicks showed him a strong plan to become a title contender again. Making a big splash prior to the trade deadline would have been one way to impress Anthony. A source familiar with the circumstances said New York was "close" to a deal that would have brought a much-needed point guard Darren Collison and forward Matt Barnes in exchange for point guard Raymond Felton and shooting guard Iman Shumpert. But it didn't happen. The Knicks' brass might have to work some magic on draft night to impress Anthony before free agency begins. Yahoo! Sports

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