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Oklahoma City Thunder sign Raymond Felton to one-year deal

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The 6’1 veteran point guard attempts to fill a major hole with Oklahoma City this season

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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.

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In that time, a revolving door of errant Westbrook backups included: Semaj Christon, Norris Cole, and trade-deadline departure Cameron Payne.

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.