Oklahoma City mayor declares July 7 'Paul George Day'

Grant SmithJul 08, 2018

Although Felton's signature is linearly responsible for taking his team into the luxury tax, his paltry $2.4 million is chicken feed compared to the enormous deal Paul George signed to stay on, and Carmelo opting into his $27.9 million salary for 2018-2019.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder have committed to bring back Raymond Felton for another season. The 34 year-old National Basketball Association journeyman averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 3-pointers in 16.6 minutes per game. The deal will be for one year and $2.4 million, the veteran minimum.

However, most of the deep-dive National Basketball Association talk surrounding the Thunder right now revolves around the financial implications involved in all of their maneuvers. His importance to the roster is indescribable at first glance, judging by a report that paints him as an amiable teammate and "a strong part of the team's good chemistry".

You read that correctly: $116 million. Well, it could mean he's not going to be part of the Thunder's 2018-19 team.

That sure is a lot of coin for a slightly above-average roster. He is an important facilitator for them when Westbrook is off the floor. Oklahoma City ranked 29th in the league this season in bench scoring.

Perhaps most encouraging was that Felton, a career 32.9 percent three-point shooter, drilled 35.2 percent of his long-range looks. "In Oklahoma, I think there is something I can create there".

Raymond Felton #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up court against the Utah Jazz in the first half during Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 21, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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