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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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September 23, 2018 | 3:48 am EDT Update
Against the displeasure of Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau, owner Glen Taylor has mandated that a deal needs to be negotiated to trade disgruntled All-Star forward Jimmy Butler in the next several days, league sources told ESPN. Butler has likely worn the Timberwolves uniform for the final time, because Taylor has no interest in bringing Butler into the team’s training camp and threatening a bigger circus than already exists within the franchise.
Thibodeau has been willing to coach the Timberwolves through the dysfunction that has surrounded his star players, but Taylor has sided with Butler and agreed that the four-time All-Star should be away from the Wolves for the foreseeable future, sources said.
Now Towns will have to follow his bold words with bold action. With his contract out of the way, the Timberwolves have shifted their focus, a source said, to finding a trade partner for Butler, who has been agitating to get out throughout the summer. The expectation from Taylor is that a deal will be done so the Timberwolves can avoid bringing Butler to training camp, which begins on Tuesday.
So far, few franchises, if any, are engaged in serious conversations with the Timberwolves on Butler, sources said. The list of organizations interested in talking further with Minnesota is significant, league sources said: Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston, the LA Clippers, Miami and Philadelphia are among the teams interested in probing for deals.
They wanted direction on how to proceed with Butler, and Taylor told them: Butler is available in trade talks, and I want it done sooner than later, sources said. “The owner’s trading him,” one Board of Governors source told ESPN. “That was made clear. It’s just a matter of when.” “He basically said, ‘If you don’t get anywhere with [Layden], and you’ve got something good, bring it to me,” another high-ranking league official told ESPN.
Taylor has far less of a stomach for a dysfunctional season of feuding among Butler, Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins and the damage that’ll do to the franchise’s image, league sources said. The franchise’s business operations want to limit the sullying of what had been until now a successful marketing campaign around the franchise’s starry young core, league sources said.