Realizing that he can’t make more money on the open market, guard Raymond Felton exercised the player option on the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, multiple sources said.
Felton, who turns 31 on June 26, will earn $4.54 million next season. He would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 had he opted out of his contract.
Forward Al-Farouq Aminu has already said he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, which is slated to pay him $1.1 million next season.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks still don’t know the status of guard Monta Ellis, who has a player option that will pay him $9.08 million next season.
Apparently, Felton felt his best chance for a bigger payday would be to return to the Mavericks and try and prove his worth.
Acquired last summer in a trade from the New York Knicks that also brought center Tyson Chandler back to the Mavericks, Felton had few chances to shine this past season.
The 10-year veteran suffered a right ankle sprain after playing just 1 minute in the second preseason game Oct. 10 against Oklahoma City.
The injury kept Felton sidelined for the first 27 games of the season. Then he missed the next four games while serving an NBA-mandated suspension for pleading guilty last summer to a gun possession charge stemming from an incident while he was still playing for the Knicks.
Dallas players and coaches always praised Felton for his professionalism throughout the season, saying he never complained about playing time once he was healthy enough to play. In 29 games for the Mavericks, Felton averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 assists in 10 minutes per game.
Working as the fourth point guard behind Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea, Felton played his first game on Dec. 28 against Oklahoma City.
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