Felton: I'd 'love' to play with Melo in Dallas

Raymond Felton doesn’t want to influence Carmelo Anthony’s free agent decision. He says his former Knicks teammate should “do what’s best for Melo.”

But he certainly wouldn’t mind if Anthony ended up in Dallas with him next season.

“I would like to play with anybody who has that type of talent. Melo’s a great friend. We’ve known each other since the high school AAU tournaments and camps and stuff. We go way back. So definitely. I would love to play with him, who wouldn’t?” Felton said in a phone interview with ESPN New York on Thursday.

Dallas is expected to make a strong push for Anthony. The Mavs will likely have the cap space to sign Anthony as a free agent. Dirk Nowitzki and ex-Knick Tyson Chandler have already expressed a desire to lure Anthony to Dallas.

Felton wouldn’t get involved in a public courting for Anthony, who he played with in New York for the past two seasons.

“Me and Melo are great friends. We conversate. But that’s a decision he has to make on his own. That’s a decision that if I did know I couldn’t leak that out. At the same time Melo ‘s going to do what’s best for Melo and that’s what he should do,” Felton said.

Felton struggled with injuries and inconsistent play at times last season and drew negative attention off the court when he was charged with two felony counts of gun possession during the season. Felton recently reached a plea deal in that case and will avoid jail time.

Phil Jackson traded Felton and Chandler to Dallas earlier this week in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and two second-round draft picks.

He looks at his new opportunity with the Mavericks as a “fresh start.”

“I love it. Great organization, great team. Great group of guys I’m going to play with. I’ve got my big fella Tyson going out there with me. On top of that, it’s just a fresh start for me. I loved it here in New York. New York was great to me. The fans, but it’s just a fresh start. A lot of things happened last year. It’s going to be good to just put all that behind and just move on and start off fresh,” Felton said.

Of his reaction to the trade, Felton added, “It was one of those things where you hate to leave somewhere where you played but at the same time I was happy because it’s a fresh start for me and it’s a good situation, a great team, great coaches a great organization. It’s like a new beginning for me. I was excited.”

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