Free-agent guard Raymond Felton will return to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal will be worth one-year, $2.4 million according to Adrian Wojnarowksi.
Last season for the Thunder, Felton averaged nearly seven points a game to go along with 2.5 assists. The 13-year veteran experienced a consistent role as the back-up point guard to Russell Westbrook.
Felton was an upgrade to the position from previous seasons. The team enjoyed his attitude and presence in the locker room.
At his exit interview, Felton expressed a desire to return to Oklahoma City after a solid year as a contributor.
“Oh, man, I don’t know what my future may hold,” Felton said. “I guess we’ll see what happens July 1st, but I will say I would love to be back, be a Thunder. That’s for sure.”
With this $2.4 million committed, Oklahoma City’s payroll and luxury tax combined amount of $300 million has reached a historic height. The tax bill alone is set at $150 million. Of course, there are options to greatly reduce the bill still available to the Thunder. The team also has until February to shed the burden of this heavy tax bill.
“I’ve had fun,” Felton said at his exit interview. “(I) grew a lot of relationships with some guys, made some brothers, some new brotherhood I have now on this team that’s going to last forever, so I can say that. But I mean, overall, man, it’s an A+, man. I loved it here.”
The 34-year old veteran has averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 assists since being drafted in 2005 out of North Carolina.