Raymond Felton signing for a one-year minimum deal was somewhat of a surprise after a successful season with Dallas last year. We spoke with Mavs Moneyball's Tim Cato about Felton's contributions to the Mavericks.
In a part-time starting role (31 starts in 80 appearances), Felton played 27.4 minutes a game, averaging 9.5 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. He shot 40.6% from the field and 28.2% from deep.
Felton's contract is a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1,551,659. The Clippers only have a cap hit of $980,431, with the remaining portion being paid by the league.
Let's see the grades:
Lucas Hann: A. Does this signing mean more 3-guard lineup, which could cause problems? Maybe. But last year, the Clippers' injury insurance in the backcourt was sufficient, but nothing special, with Pablo Prigioni and C.J. Wilcox. Raymond Felton was just one of the more productive players on a playoff team, and he's over-qualified for a role as a 5th guard. It's just a tremendous way to add talent for cheap.
Steve Perrin: A+. The Clippers clearly benefit from being one of the few teams in win now mode with some playing time to offer. It was a ridiculous "only in the East" situation, but recall that Felton was getting serious All Star team consideration just 4 seasons ago in New York. His per 36 numbers last season in Dallas (12.5 points and 4.7 assists) weren't that much worse than that "career" year with the Knicks (14.8 and 5.8). Plus, the Clippers can run out a backcourt of Felton and Jamal Crawford when they're in Portland to troll Blazers fans with memories of the disastrous 2011-12 season.