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5 Ways the New York Knicks Can Handle the Raymond Felton Situation

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5 Ways the New York Knicks Can Handle the Raymond Felton Situation

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USA TODAY Sports- Anthony Gruppuso

Well, the Raymond Felton news just keeps getting worse for the New York Knicks, and a piece by the NY Daily News claims that Felton was in possession of "cop-killer" guns that could pierce a bullet proof vest. The gun also had live rounds in it, so if convicted Felton will almost certainly face jail time.

It is still a murky case though, because the point guard apparently legally purchased the weapon in South Carolina and there is no apparent way to prove that he was the one who transported the weapon. This tidbit below was quite entertaining from the Daily News piece.

'Regardless, as one court clerk noted yesterday: “Only on the Knicks would the point guard shoot and not pass.”'

That line definitely made me chuckle, but it is also painfully true as well. Felton was already having a pretty dismal season, and it appears that his unhappiness off the court may be coming onto the floor with him. Felton has been a productive pro player for some time, but the peak of his career definitely was the 2005 national championship. That was definitely a beautiful moment, and can still picture the dingy basement where I watched that one.

The Knicks have a lot of options going forward, but after this year it is hard to imagine Carmelo Anthony staying in town. Come to think of it, it is hard to imagine Felton staying in town too. Here are five ways that they can handle this going forward, and thanks for stopping by.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Release Him Onto the Waiver Wire

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USA TODAY Sports- Anthony Gruppuso

This is an obvious option, but also not a likely one. The Knicks need all the help they can get, and releasing Felton would only compound their problems. The media distraction surrounding this could end up consuming them in the end, but so far they are handling it well.

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4. Wait and See What Happens In Court

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USA TODAY Sports- Joe Camporeale

Felton showed up to practice on Wednesday, and he indicated that this would not be a distraction. That is probably the case, but the point guard's sluggish play this year is a whole different issue. The Knicks probably do not have to deal with this until after June, and their season should definitely be over by then.

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3. Too Bad They Didn't Trade Him

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USA TODAY Sports- Joe Camporeale

Felton was apparently in quite a few trade talks, and the Knicks probably wish they had dished the point guard before he became a media problem. It did not end up happening though, and there are probably some regrets on both sides.

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2. Play Him Less Minutes

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USA TODAY Sports- Joe Camporeale

It is a difficult situation, because the backcourt is already pretty limited for the Knicks. Head coach Mike Woodson needs to only worry about the things he can control, and there are still playoff hopes within the organization if they can keep this from being a media distraction.

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1. Most of It Is Out Of Their Control

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USA TODAY Sports- Joe Camporeale

Honestly, the league might make a ruling before the team does, but this is quite different from the Gilbert Arenas situation. That point guard brought guns to the arena, which is a whole different ball of wax; the 2005 national champion point guard is certainly in murky water right now, and the Knicks will just have to see how this shakes out.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.