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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Raymond Felton has agreed to a one-year deal to return to Oklahoma City, league source tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Oklahoma City crosses an historic threshold as the first $300M team in salary and projected luxury tax with the Raymond Felton signing. The Thunder now have a tax bill of $150M.
This seemed inevitable. OKC brought in a number of free agents for a workout and Raymond Felton participated in the five-on-five scrimmage with several of the Thunder’s young players (like he was still on the team). OKC seemed to know he was coming back.
Several of Oklahoma City’s 2017-18 players participated in the workout too, including Terrance Ferguson, Raymond Felton and PJ Dozier. Oklahoma City put the players through drills and five-on-five scrimmages. Felton and Dozier are also hitting free agency this summer, but the fact that they participated in this workout may indicate that they’re likely re-signing with the Thunder.
Fred Katz: Felton says he doesn’t know what his future holds but says, “I would love to be back, to be a Thunder. That’s for sure.”
Fred Katz: Felton is official
Brett Dawson: Felton will wear 2. Patterson will wear 54. twitter.com/TFred23/status…
Fred Katz: Can confirm, by the way, that Ray Felton is heading to the Thunder on a minimum deal worth $2.3 million in 2017-18.
Chris Haynes: Free agent Raymond Felton agrees to one-year deal with Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.
The Clippers’ revolving cast of reserves will continue this summer with the likely departure of free agents Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Mo Speights and Alan Anderson. If the team is committed to having three max contracts (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan), it has to have success with its mid-level exception and draft picks to have some bench stability. This is where the team needs to improve the most.
Reserve guard Raymond Felton will become an unrestricted free agent and also is expected to seek a mid-level deal, meaning he would also leave the Clippers.
Brad Turner: Raymond Felton’s signed a 1-year deal for vet. minimum of $1.5 million, per source
Brad Turner: Raymond Felton has agreed to a veteran’s minimum contract with the Clippers. Details still being worked out
Dan Woike: Can confirm that #Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal with Raymond Felton. @Chris Haynes first
Chris Haynes: Free agent guard Raymond Felton reaches agreement with Clippers, league sources inform @clevelanddotcom.
Alex Kennedy: Can confirm this. The Pelicans expressed interest, as I tweeted a few days ago. – RT: Chris Haynes: Pursuit of Dallas free agent guard Raymond Felton has intensified in recent days, league sources say. Approximately five teams zeroed in.
Alex Kennedy: The Pelicans have expressed interest in Raymond Felton. New Orleans could be competition for the Mavericks, who would like to re-sign Ray.
Tim MacMahon: Raymond Felton smiled when asked if he thought he made some money during this playoff series. “What you think?” said Felton, who is entering free agency after averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the series against the Thunder.
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July 22, 2018 | 12:15 pm EDT Update
What does the late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss have to do with LeBron James joining his team in 2018? The query sounds like a trick question, but a new story has come to light that makes it seem as though Dr. Buss was the one to kickstart the Lakers’ eventual pursuit and signing of their now-superstar all the way back in 2010. The Lakers didn’t have nearly enough cap space then to actually be a serious threat to sign James. But according to Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times, Buss was thinking beyond that: Buss thought about calling James anyway. Over lunch with his kids, he mentioned the idea, offhandedly. “It’d be good to know that guy,” his son Joey recalled him saying.
League rules allowed teams to meet with any free agent. Why not meet with James to introduce him to the Lakers’ vision? Why not sow the seeds of a future partnership? “LeBron was always somebody that he was interested in,” said Buss’ daughter Jeanie, the Lakers co-owner.
One colleague during that period was Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who was an assistant with the Cavaliers from 2005-10. Impressed with Fernandez’s development in the organization, Malone hired Fernandez as an assistant coach in 2016. “He gets his foot in the door,” Malone said of Fernandez, “and he’s going to find a way to continue to fill gaps and do things that are necessary for the team and the staff to move forward.”
Now, the 35-year-old Fernandez is regarded as an up-and-comer in his field, perhaps a future NBA head coach. There are two primary reasons why. One, he has a thirst for knowledge. And two, as one former boss said, he’s the ultimate “people coach.” “He’s been around Hall of Famers, but he’s also been around the last guys in the G League,” said Mike Gansey, the Cavaliers’ assistant general manager. “Whoever walks through that door, he can relate to them … he’s either watched it, lived it or seen it. That’s why he’s so valuable. “He gives more than basketball. That’s why I think our guys got so much better and people liked him so much … He could read people and knew when he had to get on them and when not (to) and how to treat them to get the most out of them.”
July 22, 2018 | 5:42 am EDT Update
The Thunder, Hawks and Sixers agreed on a deal that involves sending Anthony to the Hawks, and the Hawks plan to buy out Anthony, per USA TODAY Sports. It’s reported that the Rockets are the favorites to sign Anthony once that happens. Morey was asked, “So are we for sure getting Carmelo Anthony?” He responded, “In the mix.” Morey also said, “Yes,” as a reply to, “Does Daryl still have something up his sleeve?”
“It would be a great acquisition for us,” said Harden, who did run into Anthony at Paris Fashion Week last month when Harden was making the rounds with teammate P.J. Tucker. “Melo’s a proven vet. He just wants to win at this point, so it would be great for him to be on our team. The current roster we have now, we’ve got good guys back and we keep making forward progress.”
Italian team Fiat Torino announced the signing of Molloy product Jaylen Morris. Morris had a good rookie season in the NBA G League with the Erie BayHawks as he averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. In late February, he was called up by the Atlanta Hawks.