Felt has skill set, will and heart. He is a perfect player for NYK. As I was responding to another post on the "doom & gloom" of letting Lin go, I came to the realization that a lot of people are treating this like they would treat an ex-girlfriends new boyfriend. No matter how good the guy is or how great their future looks to be; they will magnify the negative points, ignore the positive ones and just throw logic to the wind. I get it, you love Lin and him being with you is the only thing that can make the world right. Right? Riiiiiiiiiigght!
I wouldn't match the Lin offer (maybe I would if we couldnt pull off the Felton trade, but we did). He just isn't worth 15 million dollars in that 3rd year and the albatross that it brings. Luxury Tax (balloons from 4 mil to 35 mil), no money to sign new players (we'd keep shump and probably smith because of "bird rights" but without signNtrade, midlevel exception, draft picks and cap space it would be league mins all around.. which is our current case but Grunwald is working the magic apron), performance pressure (were his number D'An-flated? or will he give you more or less 14 & 6 every night and your underdog to cheer for? 15 million is a lot to pay for someone who doesn't lead the league in anything but ataboy cheers.. that's big man money).
I love J.Lin for everything he did for the team, for his humility and what/whom he stood for... but he went and got a deal with the rockets, when the knicks made it clear that they were going to match the first deal (which is one i believe that he deserved 9 million year three with a team option on 4.. he's going to make you money, he should be paid, but how about if he doesnt pan out to be J.Lin: Dragon Slayer? should the Knicks be forced to live with all of the consequences?).
My problem comes with the re-negotiation and signing.. Either he was a pawn or a collaborator in the plan, but i am sure his counsel told him that if he signs this renegotiated rate that he could be ruffling feathers by doing something thats not in the interest of the team and that he could very well be signing his ticket out of NY... perhaps he went back and said that NYK will match and if the rockets want him they must up the ante. Too bad he didn't have Landry and their invisible bible to reference regarding greed and money being the root of evil.
In closing, things can always be patched up if he were to come back. Everybody likes money and its understood. But he may not even want back into NYK. But what I do know, is that as is the Knicks are set at PG, Felton will be close to a double/double every single night and Kidd will contribute solid basketball. The Knicks are very close to having their best team since the 90's
PS: There was this same fanboyism/worship when Gallo was traded but just like that... this too shall pass.