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Knicks continue to make moves for 2012

It is being reported on ESPN and USA today that the New York Knicks have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Out is center Dan Gadzuric and forward Jared Jeffries, and in will be point-guard Raymond Feltonand center Kurt Thomas.

Madison Square Garden. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

With the acquisition of Felton and Jason Kidd, it seems as if the Knicks will pass on matching the deals made to young stars Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields. Lin was offered a four-year deal for around $28 million by the Houston Rockets, while Fields was offered a three-year $20 million deal by the Toronto Raptors.

The duo of Fields and Lin energized the Knicks, and seemed to be the duo of the future. Now fans of New York will have to watch a team featuring Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Felton.

It should be interesting to see what Felton does in his return to New York, as the point-guard once played for the Blue and Orange in the 2010-11 season, averaging 17.1 points before being shipped in the mega-deal for Anthony.

Felton struggled this season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 11.4 points-per-game on 40.7 percent shooting, before losing his starting job.

Thus far New York has plenty of options at the point-guard position as Felton will have to compete with Kidd and Pablo Prigioni for the starting position.  Prigioni, who hails from Argentina, is a 35-year-old rookie entering into his NBA season.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Prigioni averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 boards, 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals-per-game and is considered to be one of the best play-making point guards in all of Spain.

It seems as if Lin will be the odd-man out of the Knicks roster, as if the franchise does re-sign the star it’ll tie up $75 million in four players—Lin, Stoudemire, Anthony and Chandler.

There just maybe surprise for many who are fans of the team, as both Lin and Fields seemed to be the duo of the future. Now the Knicks fans will have a team a tad older in age where young lions like LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant have ruled the courts.

Will the veteran experience lead the Knicks to the promise land, or will there will be another disappointment for fans of the Orange and Blue-only time will tell and sports fans will just have to stay tuned!

 

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