The New York Knicks will have three days to match the offer sheet the Houston Rockets have signed Jeremy Lin to. That is, as soon as they get the aforementioned sheet. And the Knicks, by all reports, will do that, bringing back the player who electrified Madison Square Garden and the NBA in the 2011-12 season.
But if they don't? The Knicks may well turn to their last competent, exciting point guard, Raymond Felton. Yahoo!'s Marc J. Spears reports that the Knicks are nearing a deal that will bring Felton back to New York — and that Linsanity's marriage to the MSG crowd may be over.
Knicks close to obtaining point guard Raymond Felton in sign and trade with Blazers, source tells Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 15, 2012
Jeremy Lin appears close to being a Houston Rocket with Raymond Felton to NY deal close to being done, sources tell Y!— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 15, 2012
Spears is far from the only person reporting a Felton-Knicks link: the New York Daily News' Frank Isola and Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen both reported talks happening shortly before Spears reported the potential deal.
Felton played all of 54 games for the Knicks in 2010-11 before being included in the package that pried Carmelo Anthony from Denver. He was excellent in those 54, averaging 17 points and nine assists per game. But it won't be Mike D'Antoni's offense Felton would run in New York in 2012 and beyond, and Felton's lack of conditioning during the NBA lockout limited him as a Blazer in 2011-12.