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Raymond Felton Re-signs with the Bobcats

September 23, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
Filed under Basketball

Raymond Felton entered this summer wanting to land a long-term deal. However, due to his restricted status and the fact that the Charlotte Bobcats don’t have much money to spend, he had to settle for re-signing with the Bobcats for the qualifying offer. According to reports, the deal is worth $5.5 million over one season.

Last season, the 25-year-old Felton averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 37.6 minutes per game. He played in all 82 games and shot 40.8% from the field, 28.5% from three-point range and 80.5% from the free throw line.

Although Felton is talented, there’s question as to whether the Bobcats view him as their long-term answer at point guard. He lacks true point guard instincts and his offensive game can be very streaky. His lack of an outside shot also limits his value.

Many scouts believe that D.J. Augustin, who will be entering his second season in the league, has a better chance of being a star at the point guard position. This coming season, it’ll be interesting to see if Felton can hang on to the point guard job or if Augustin will beat him out.

Next summer, Felton will be an unrestricted free agent and there’s a very good chance that he’ll end up signing with another team.

Raymond Felton - Charlotte Bobcats (Image: Zuma Press)

Raymond Felton - Charlotte Bobcats (Image: Zuma Press)

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