Dec 6, 2012; Miami FL, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Raymond Felton: Point Guard Aiming for Jan. 26 Return

With New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert ready to make his season debut Thursday against the Detroit Pistons in London; it looks as if the Knicks could be welcoming back another guard very soon as well.

December 23, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) chases down a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Point guard Raymond Felton, out since he fractured his pinkie on Christmas Day, told reporters in London that he is targeting a return to the lineup on January 26 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“They’re not letting me play when we first get back (to New York),” he said on Wednesday (via ESPN’s Jared Zwerling). “I am trying to get them to have me play in Boston (on Jan. 24), but it looks like Philly in Philly. We don’t know if it’s totally healed. We need one more X-ray, but it’s pretty much healed.”

However while Felton is anxious to get back on the floor, don’t be so sure that his target date is a sure thing.

Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said that his recovery could take a little more time as his original timetable was 4-6 weeks.

Woodson did note that Felton was on schedule with that timetable and it would just be a wait and see approach.

The Knicks starting point guard did participate in non-contact drills as the Knicks practiced in London on Wednesday.

Before he was injured, Felton was averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. The Knicks have gone only 4-5 without their starting point guard in the lineup, so his return will be welcomed.

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