MAY 18TH: Felton and one of his representatives has told the Mavs that the Wasserman Media Group client will indeed opt in, several sources told Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News today. Neither Felton nor his camp has filed the official paperwork yet, but they have until June 23rd to do so, according to Sefko. That’s six days earlier than the usual June 29th decision date on player options. Sefko also reveals that Monta Ellis has a June 24th deadline on his player option worth $8.72MM. There’s been no indication that Ellis has decided whether to opt in or opt out. Dallas, without any player options taken into account, has about $28MM on the books for next season.
MAY 8TH: Mavericks guard Raymond Felton will file paperwork to exercise his $3.9MM player option for next season, league sources told Shams Charania of RealGM. Felton, 30, saw time in just 29 regular season games last season.
The Mavs’ backcourt was hit hard by injuries in the spring and coach Rick Carlisle offered high praise of the veteran guard’s play during that time.
“He’s a high-integrity guy. He really is,” said Carlisle. “He’s a high-integrity competitor. There hasn’t been one time this year where he’s dropped his head or pouted. When he was hurt, when he came back and there weren’t minutes right away, he’s just remained consistently professional and he kept working extremely hard, which shows now that he’s getting an opportunity to play.”
Thanks to Felton’s ankle injury and the four-game suspension he was issued with after pleading guilty to a gun charge, the guard didn’t make his regular season debut until late December. Felton has averaged 12.7 PPG and 6.3 APG over the course of his career with the Bobcats, Knicks, Blazers, Nuggets, and Mavs.