Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert block out Knicks trade rumors
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BOSTON - It is bad enough for Raymond Felton that his hamstring is hurting. He is not about to dwell on having his feelings hurt, too. In other words, he is not going to discuss trade rumors even though his name keeps coming up in them.
Felton was with the Knicks for their game against the Celtics , a day after the team announced he will be out for two to three weeks with the strained hamstring -- and a day after several reports said he was mentioned in a proposed deal with the Raptors for Kyle Lowry, who would replace him at point guard.
"That trade stuff I don't talk about," he said at TD Garden Friday morning. "I've been in the league nine years now. That's going to happen. It happens even when you're having a good season. There were trade rumors last year and we had a great year last year. That stuff I don't even discuss. I have nothing to do with it. I don't deal with it. That's why we have general managers and all that."
The Knicks traded him to the Nuggets in the massive deal that brought Carmelo Anthony from Denver, and he was happy to return to New York last season as a free agent. But this season has been as trying for him as it has been for the team, so there has been talk of change.
For his part, Felton admitted he has not been healthy since training camp. He suggested "I wasn't 100 percent" the last time he came back from an injury hiatus so he might be held out longer this time. He would not guarantee that he will wait two or three weeks, though. "I still don't think it will be that long. That's what they're saying just to be safe," he said. Later he added, "Who knows? I might come back too soon this time, too. That's just me."
Iman Shumpert also has been injured and also has been rumored to be headed out of town. He said Friday morning that he planned to play against the Celtics after having left the win over the Bulls Wednesday with an injury to his surgically repaired left knee. "I'm good," he said. "It's just a bruise." He started but scored only three points in 23:21 and shot 1-for-8 in the Knicks' 90-86 loss to the Celtics.
As for hearing that he might be traded for frontcourt help or backcourt help, he said, "This is part of being a professional. I've just got to learn to deal with it.
"Carmelo is always giving me advice, and Amar'e [Stoudemire], really everybody on the team, just telling me, 'Don't let it cloud your thoughts as far as being a professional. If you get traded, you get traded. If not, you keep playing,' " Shumpert said.
But how hard is it to block out the uncertainty?
"It should be easy, man, because we're losing right now," he said. "I could see if we were winning, it would be something that would bother me, but right now the thought is on winning."