As he’s only 22 days away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton wants to make one thing perfectly clear.
"Of course, this is where I want to be,’’ Felton said Thursday, referring to a return to the Mavericks. "I would love to come back here, so hopefully we can make that happen.’’
Felton, who turns 32 on June 26, earned $4.54 million last season and could possibly double that figure once he becomes a free agent.
This past season Felton increased his free agent profile when he averaged 9.5 points and 3.6 assists in 27.4 minutes while playing 80 games for the Mavericks. He also averaged 15 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 34.4 minutes per game during the Mavericks’ five-game first-round playoff series defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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"I think overall we had a good year,’’ Felton said of the 42-40 Mavericks. "Maybe not quite the way we wanted it to end, and as an individual I think I did what I needed to do.
"I wish we could've been still playing right now, but that's not the case."
Felton joined the Mavs on June 25, 2014 as part of a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks which brought center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas. Felton’s first season with the Mavericks was filled with injuries.
"You know how free agency goes,’’ Felton said. "It's a process and a back-and-forth thing.
"I'm out of it now. My agent and the organization, it's their situation now. I just sit back and wait."
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