Updated 07/15/2012 05:11 PM
Knicks' Deal For Felton May Foretell The End Of NYC "Linsanity"
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"Linsanity" could be on its way out of New York, as the Knicks have agreed to a trade bringing point guard Raymond Felton back to New York, which could mean the team has no need for Jeremy Lin.
The Knicks will get Felton and another former Knicks player, Kurt Thomas, from the Portland Trail Blazers, in exchange for Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric.
Felton averaged more than 17 points a game for the Knicks two seasons ago before being traded to Denver as part of the package that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York.
Lin has signed a three-year, $25 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, and the Knicks have until Tuesday night to match the offer.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson had said the team would match any offer for Lin.
But with Felton and Jason Kidd on board, the team may not be willing to pay for Lin, given what is already committed financially to Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.
Some Knicks fans by Madison Square Garden told NY1 on Sunday that the team would thrive without Lin.
"Jeremy Lin is pretty good but he's a back-up player at this moment. We're going to have to give him some time to grow and mature as a player," said a fan.
"Linsanity was cool but I think he was inconsistent. There was only like 25 games and then we got Raymond Felton now, so, you know what I'm saying. We got 'Melo [Anthony] now so I don't really care too much," said another.
Matching Lin's offer sheet would give the Knicks a heavy luxury tax burden, but some fans said Lin is worth the extra cash.
"I'd be much more likely to spend money for a jersey. I'd probably spend more for a ticket to the game," said a fan.
"I don't like it. I want him to stay. I think he was great for New York. I think he's a great player and offers a lot to the city. I hope he can maybe overlook a few million dollar difference and stay here," said another fan.
"Raymond Felton is all right but he already has his chance, so we should stick with Jeremy Lin," said a third.
It seems fans' reactions based on whether or not they still had "Linsanity" over Lin's performance.
"I still have a little Linsanity left. I hope I don't lose it," said one fan.
"Good luck to him. He earned his $25 million, so great for him. But New York will move on. Go Knicks!" said another.
Knicks' Jason Kidd Faces DWI Charges
Meanwhile, Jason Kidd, who was supposed to be Jeremy Lin's mentor on the Knicks, is now facing DWI charges.
Police say Jason Kidd crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole in the Hamptons around 2 a.m. Sunday.
He was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and then handed over to Southampton Town police.
They say Kidd was arraigned on DWI and released.
The Knicks signed the 39-year-old player in free agency last week.