The New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers have just come to terms on a sign-and-trade that will send Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to New York for Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric. This comes on the heels of several reports saying the Knicks were nearing a deal with Raymond Felton.
I’m sad to see Jeffries go, as he worked hard night in, night out, while Knicks fans constantly booed him. He might hold the record for most air balls by a Knick, but he worked hard on defense, drawing multiple charges and playing defense, as well as tried on offense. I wish him the best with the Blazers.
Gadzuric was a goner, either now or at the trade deadline, but I have to give Glen Grunwald props for adding the second year non-guaranteed deal on Gadzuric’s contract, which gave the Knicks a chance to trade him.
Raymond Felton’s return is very interesting, as it could mean the end of Jeremy Lin, or the beginning of a logjam at the point guard position. Kurt Thomas is a replacement for Jeffries, who does similar things, at an older age, and has a few more offensive skills.
Thoughts on the deal and what it means for Lin?