Felton struggled this season along with off-the-court issues.
New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson reportedly told point guard Raymond Felton that he will look to trade him in the off-season.
Felton has two years remaining on a four-year contract worth $15m with a player option in the final season, so it may be difficult for the Knicks to find interested parties.
However, in a frank conversation, it is reported that Jackson talked to the 29-year-old during exit interviews last month and told him that he would at least explore trade possibilities.
“He was pretty honest with him,” the source said. The conversation was first reported by SNY.tv.
The Knicks star struggled with injuries this season and missed 17 games due to various knocks and strains although his influence when healthy wasn’t as obvious as the previous campaign.
He averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting while opposing guards averaged 22.7 points per game against the Knicks which highlights his struggles on the defensive end too.
However, the team as a whole undoubtedly fell below expectations after winning just 37 games all season which ultimately resulted in them missing out on the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Meanwhile, Felton was also distracted by off-the-court issues after he was issued with two felony gun charges in late February and is scheduled to appear in court on June 2.
If Felton does escape punishment, the league could still seek to suspend him while there is also the possibility that the Knicks will look to void his contract because of a morals clause in the deal.
If the Knicks are able to offload Felton, it is reported that they will target Steve Blake, with the veteran point guard set to become a free agent this summer after a short stint with the Golden State Warriors.
Blake played for Jackson in Los Angeles and averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 assists in 27 minutes per game this season, and should he sign with the Knicks he would become the second former Laker to join the roster under Jackson after Lamar Odom agreed to a two-year deal.