Raymond Felton Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Thunder

08 July, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Carmelo Anthony recently exercised his $27.9 million option for the 2018-19 season, but he likely won't suit up for the Oklahoma City Thunder again.

The Thunder's agreed to terms with Raymond Felton on Thursday morning to return to Oklahoma on a one-year, $2.4 million deal that reportedly has pushed their luxury tax bill (for player payments made above the soft cap) above the $150 million mark - unprecedented in the history of the league. The Thunder played just 72 minutes last season with neither Westbrook nor Felton on the court, exclusively in garbage time. From there, the Thunder also invested in Jerami Grant (on a large, multi-year salary), Nerlens Noel (on a bargain deal), and Raymond Felton to build out a roster that is certainly more interesting than it was at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Thunder are Felton's eighth National Basketball Association team in 13 seasons. He provided much-needed energy off the bench and gave Russell Westbrook a break on the rare occasion that he needed it.

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You read that correctly: $116 million. For a group that just bowed out of the playoffs in the first round, that's pretty embarrassing. The 2018-19 OKC roster is the precautionary tale no team wants to find itself in.

Last season, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points, 6.5 boards, and 3.0 assists in 78 starts for the Thunder. "In Oklahoma, I think there is something I can create there". "I think having veteran leadership back there from him at least allows me to communicate, and then he's so good at managing the game, that regardless of the personnel that's out there he can do a really terrific job of getting everybody where they need to be".

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