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Monday, 11 August 2014 10:49

Heels in the Pro's: Felton is in the Big D

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Felton is now in Dallas ... will it re-launch his career or will it be his last stop in the Association?

In late June former UNC point guard Raymond Felton was traded from New York to Dallas in a six player deal, which by the way also included Wayne Ellington who I wrote about a couple of days ago. However for Felton the move across the country was not the only deal the former National Champion did in the off-season, pleading guilty a few weeks back to both attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

The 9th year man received a sentence that included 500 hours of community service as well as a $5,000 fine. On the other hand this will keep Felton out of jail and the matter will be terminated without serving a day in prison or having to deal with probation as long as he complies with the sentence.

The new point guard for the Mavs said this of the whole thing…

"I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions," Felton said in a statement released by the Mavericks. "Moving forward I'm eager to get to Dallas, to start fresh and make a positive impact in the Dallas metropolitan area."

While Mavericks owner Marc Cuban added this…

“The team is working with Raymond and the court to develop a community service program that will have a positive and lasting impact on North Texas.”

About to enter his tenth year of playing in the NBA, and with his fifth franchise, this could be the final stop for Raymond Felton. Last season with the Knicks was the first time ever that the guard did not average double digit points during a season; he also was below his career average in assists and every other offensive category. Maybe a change of venue might be the answer, or maybe it might just show that for the floor general is at the end of the line.

Cal Lee, CLNS’s basketball insider had this to say about Felton and his move to Dallas…

This is more about Raymond Felton than it is about the Dallas Mavericks. I think a change in scenery to a place that encourages you to shoot on sight may do him some good. Clearly I was referring to his basketball game. Felton was a throw in. This was about Chandler however if I am Raymond Felton I would seriously look at this as a last opportunity before he finds himself on the outside looking in to earn an NBA living. Under Rick Carlisle he has to play with a certain set of discipline or he doesn't play at all. The fact that he constantly comes into Camp to get into shape does not bold well and with Dirk and Parsons anchoring this team’s offense, I’m expecting Ricky Ledo to seriously make a play to take the starting position from Felton unless he finds some of his old Tar Heel greatness that propelled him to be a such a high pick coming out of college basketball. He can no longer be a serviceable player. Carlisle will side on veteran play so he may start but the plug can be pulled quickly because Felton's work ethic has been an issue since he's been in the league.

Without a doubt if you are a North Carolina fan Felton’s season should be one of the most interesting among the former players to watch. This could either be the move that will re-launch the point guard, or it could be the last stop for him in the Association. The only good thing about it… it’s all up to him which of the two it is.

For more information about Raymond Felton and other former Tar Heels now in the Pro’s make sure to come back often to the CLNS web site.