Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Raymond Felton Fulfills Life-Long Dream of Becoming a Shooting Guard


Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday morning on multiple weapons charges, just hours after his team lost to the Mavericks on a Dirk Nowitzki buzzer beater at Madison Square Garden.

The nine year NBA vet, whom the Knicks actively tried to move at last week's trade deadline, was arrested on New York's Upper West Side for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman who is believed to his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton. Just last week the point guard was dished divorce papers by his wife after 19 months of marriage. 

Felton is being charged with second and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm (both felonies) and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor. He is expected to appear in Manhattan criminal court Tuesday morning.

New York city is home to some of the most strict gun laws in the country. In 2009, New York Giants wide reciever Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison after accepting a plea deal on firearm charges. The Super Bowl hero was facing three and a half years at trial as a result of a self-inflicted gun wound at a Manhattan nightclub. If convicted on the second degree felony, Felton could expect a similar sentence. 

The robust ball handler is averaging a career low 10.4 points per game this season, while anchoring a grossly underachieving Knicks team that's 15 games below .500, in a conference where roughly half of the teams are actively trying to lose games. New York recently bought out backup point guard Beno Udrih's contract (along with Metta World Peace), which means that should Felton miss time, the team will be left with 36 yeard old Pablo Prigioni as the only point guard on their roster. 

On the bright side, they should be able to land either Marcus Smart, Tyler Ennis or Dante Exum with their 2014 lottery pick.

Oh wait, they don't have that pick because Carmelo Anthony insisted they gut their roster and trade for him three months before the end of the 2011 season, rather than keep their assets and sign him in June as a free agent. Ironically, Melo plans on opting out of the final year of his deal this summer, which was the whole selling point of him coming to the Knicks via trade in the first place. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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