The summer of Presti continued Friday as the Oklahoma City Thunder signed veteran Raymond Felton to a one-year $2.3 M contract.
Felton, a 12-season NBA mainstay, fills an immediate reserve point guard need for the Thunder. Throughout Russell Westbrook’s MVP campaign, Oklahoma City collapsed whenever the star floor-general sat.
In that time, a revolving door of errant Westbrook backups included: Semaj Christon, Norris Cole, and trade-deadline departure Cameron Payne.
Free agent Raymond Felton agrees to one-year deal with Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 7, 2017
While appearing in 80 contests as a Los Angeles Clipper last season, Felton averaged 21.3 MPG, 6.7 PPG, 2.4 APG, and shot 43/31/78 overall.
Though the 2005 lottery pick has declined since being traded from New York following the 2014 season, his experience gathered throughout an 856-game career should represent an upgrade over the aforementioned futile reserve trio.
Further, barring injury, Felton’s Thunder responsibilities will encompass just 12-15 minutes per night.
Since earning 05-06’ All-Rookie Second-Team honors, Felton has competed with the Bobcats, Knicks, Nuggets, Trail Blazers, Mavericks, and Clippers.
During a standount NBA tenure, Felton’s body of work includes 11.9 PPG, 5.7 APG, and 3.1 RPG, while starting 657 contests.
Raymond Felton joins Paul George and Patrick Patterson as “win-now” offseason Thunder additions, as the team sits well over the current luxury-tax threshold.