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New York Knicks’ Raymond Felton Gets Community Service for Gun Case

June 23rd, 2014 at 5:36 PM
By Matt Agne

During his exit interview with Phil Jackson, Raymond Felton was informed that the New York Knicks would look to trade him this off-season. After a horrible season Felton then went through a bad break up with his wife where she turned in his fire arms and he ended up in a gun case. The final result of that case was a guilty plea and community service.

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New York Knicks' Raymond Felton  had no choice but to turn himself in after a game in February after being wanted because of complications with one of his guns. After filing for divorce the week before, Felton's estranged wife's lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct.

The claim was that it was Felton's and that she wanted it out of their house. As a result of the charges filed, Felton decided to plea guilty. Because of that plea he'll receive community service.

Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press reports Felton's decision to plea out and avoid jail time.

Prosecutors say New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty in a felony gun possession case in exchange for being sentenced to community service and a $5,000 fine.

Felton was in a Manhattan court Monday, when prosecutors outlined the agreement. The plea date is to be set at a June 30 court session.

Clearly Felton crossed the wrong woman. His estranged wife knew exactly what she was doing when she had her lawyer bring that gun to the authorities. 

Unfortunately for Felton, this might be the last court he's in as a member of the Knicks. Phil Jackson still intends on moving Felton and his contract if he can find a suitor this off-season.

Ironically, the struggling starter probably fits the triangle offense better than he has any other offense during his time in New York. However, he's played so poorly that a change of venue is probably best for everyone involved.

It will be very interesting if Jackson can actually get another team to take his $4,360,000 for next season and his $4,540,000 player option for the 2015-16 season. There's no way he'll give up that player option because he won't see a contract like this again.

Felton would be a solid backup but he's a very poor starting point guard. If Jackson is able to move Felton's contract he'll free up additional cap space for the 2015 off-season. That being said, he may have to take on salary in order to move Felton's deal so creating additional space may not happen. However, there's little doubt that the Knicks would trade Felton if they were able to turn him into a draft pick. Even if it's a second rounder.

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