MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Marion native Raymond Felton is going from a small town to the world's biggest stage. The five-year NBA veteran agreed to a deal with the New York Knicks Friday afternoon.
"It feels good. It feels good, man, to go to a team that wants you," said Felton. "No offense to the Bobcats, but the Knicks came forward, they showed me they wanted me, they wanted my services down in the Big Apple. That's where I'm heading. Small town country boy going to the big city. It's going to be interesting. I'm excited."
The Latta High School alum is heading for the Big Apple on Sunday. He spent Saturday at his friend Chris Wilcox's charity golf tournament and watching his nephew play basketball.
Leaving friends and family will be tough for Felton. That's especially true for the UNC product since he has a young son, Corbin, who will be staying behind.
"That was the tough decision, that was the toughest thing," said Felton. "Having a son now in my life, it will be tough leaving Charlotte having him back in Charlotte. On top of that, my family I've been close to being at Carolina then going to Charlotte after getting drafted for five years. It's going to be tough not having your family there when you need them. At the same time, I'm 26 years old, I'm a man now... sometimes you have to move on."