Raymond Felton Phone Conference
Listen in as newly-acquired guard Raymond Felton addresses the media regarding his trade to Dallas
DALLAS — It’s a new day and a new opportunity for recently-aquired Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton.
Battling a bevy of nagging injuries and off-the-court issues, Felton admittedly struggled through an up-and-down 2013-14 season that saw the New York Knicks finish with a 37-45 record while missing the playoffs. So, with plenty of excitement, Felton welcomed the trade on the eve of the NBA Draft that sent the 30-year-old point guard to Dallas alongside center Tyson Chandler in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and a pair of second-round picks.
“I was very excited,” Felton said Tuesday during a conference call with members of the Dallas media while recalling his emotions when he received word of the trade. “You know, just a new opportunity and a fresh start. I had a lot of tough things that went on last year in New York. So, just to be able to put those things behind me and get a fresh start with a new organization and a great organization at that, I was very excited about it.”
Starting all 65 of his appearances for the Knicks this season, Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game and 5.6 assists an outing. He also connected on just 39.5 percent from the field, his lowest shooting percentage since his second season in the league.
Still, Felton anticipates a bounce-back season while looking to recapture the stellar play he showcased during the 2010-11 campaign when he put up near career numbers across the board while averaging 17.1 points, 9.0 assists and 1.8 steals for the Knicks.
“Just to show everybody that I’ve still got it,” Felton said when asked what he’s looking forward to most next season. “I still can play, I still can play this game at this level. I can still play this game as an elite point guard at this level. … When you come off a season like I had last season, it’s always a point that you’ve got to prove to yourself coming back the next year. And trust me, I look forward to it.”
He added: ”Just a tough, gritty point guard who is looking to win first and not really worried about scoring and how many numbers he’s got. Just somebody who is looking to win, who has won at every level and is going to bring it every night. I’m just a tough, gritty point guard that plays on both ends and can do pretty much a little bit of everything.”
For his career, the 6-foot-1 lead guard holds averages of 13.1 points, 6.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals while starting 611 of his 667 total games during stints with Charlotte, Denver, Portland and New York. The former North Carolina standout and fifth overall selection in the 2005 draft by Charlotte also comes to Dallas with a chip on his shoulder, looking to prove his naysayers wrong while also showing he is more than simply an add-on to the reacquisition of Chandler, who was the defensive anchor for the Mavericks’ 2011 title team.
And with plans of excelling in Mavs coach Rick Carlisle’s system, Felton also hopes to continue his chemistry on the court with Chandler in a Dallas uniform.
“It’s going to be great. Me and Tyson had a great relationship on and off the court,” Felton said. “So, to have somebody who has been in Dallas and has won a championship there in Dallas, it’s only going to help me with my transition. And I know a couple more guys on that team as well, so it’s going to help me definitely to have Tyson down there with me and somebody that I’ve played with the last two years.”