Tag: Raymond Felton

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Report: Raymond Felton to pick up $3.9 million option to stay with Mavericks


Raymond Felton knows the reality of his NBA career at this point — he could barely get off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks this past season. That’s a team that took stock of its point guard situation and decided to trade some quality assets to roll the dice on Rajon Rondo (that roll came up snake eyes).

Felton also is smart and wants to get paid next year, so he is picking up his option to stay in Dallas, reports Shams Charania of Real GM.

Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton will file paperwork to exercise his $3.9 million player option for the 2015-16 season, league sources told RealGM.

This was expected and his only good option. If he had opted out into the free agent market he likely would have been eventually picked up on a minimum contract, maybe even non-guaranteed, and been a limited use backup or third point guard somewhere.

The 10-year veteran can make some plays — he hit a game winner this season — and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle praised his professionalism. He was limited early in the season by a couple ankle sprains and just never got much into the rotation for the Mavericks, playing in only 29 regular season games.

Because he picks up his option does not mean he will be back with the Mavericks next season. That is a very tradable sized contract, one that can be tacked on to a larger deal potentially, or moved in another way. Whatever the Mavericks look like next season Felton is not going to be a major part of the plans (if he is, well, I feel for Mavs fans).

But he is going to get paid.

Report: Mavericks rule out Rajon Rondo indefinitely with “back injury”

Rajon Rondo

We may have seen the last of Rajon Rondo in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.

Mavs’ coach Rick Carlisle yanked Rondo :36 seconds into the second half of Tuesday’s Game 2 loss to the Rockets, when Rondo picked up two fouls and a technical in just more than half a minute. Dallas was better off without him — he has played 37 minutes against the Rockets in two games and is a -35 on the court.

Now he is done, likely for the playoffs, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Reports have come out saying Rondo was playing through a sore back in the playoffs, then some contact he took during Game 2 aggravated the issue. Let’s say I’m skeptical it’s that bad, but this is the report.

Back injury or no, this is the smart play by Dallas. It says everything you need to know about how bad things have gotten with Rondo and the Mavericks that Dallas is just better when Raymond Felton is on the court instead of Rondo.

This also is almost certainly the end of Rondo in a Dallas uniform.

Dallas traded for Rondo back in December, giving up a quality young defensive big in Brandan Wright, for the chance to improve their perimeter defense. But from the start Rondo was a bad fit in Dallas. He and coach Rick Carlisle clashed over control of the offense. Plus Rondo’s lack of shooting — and his not being surrounded the quality of shooters he had when at his peak in Boston — allowed teams to pack it in and dare Rondo to shoot jumpers. Rondo still hasn’t developed a jumper.

Rondo will be moving on this summer. He’s not getting a max, and it will be interesting to see how many years a team would give him right now.

Playoff Rondo didn’t make the trip to Dallas, but it’s not like Rondo is sticking around

Portland Trailblazers v Dallas Mavericks

In the first half of Dallas’ Game 2 loss to Houston Tuesday, Rajon Rondo so nonchalantly walked the ball up the court — under no pressure from a defender — that he got an eight-second backcourt violation.

That lack of awareness and effort seems to sum up Rajon Rondo’s playoff effort in Dallas.

Playoff Rondo, who was a thing in Boston, did not make the flight to Texas.

Rondo has struggled to fit in with the Mavericks since coming to Dallas in a December blockbuster trade. He has clashed with coach Rick Carlisle, mainly about offensive freedom and control, with both sides having said they worked through it and that it was all good now. But the playoffs have a way of stripping away the latest coat of varnish and exposing things as they truly are — and it is clear Rondo is not a fit with what Dallas does. He makes them worse.

Rondo has played 37 minutes total in the first two playoff games this season and Dallas has been outscored by 35 points in that time.

Rondo picked up two fouls and a technical in the first :36 seconds of the second half Tuesday night. Carlisle promptly benched him, and Rondo didn’t see the court the rest of the game — because J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton were simply better. Carlisle and the Mavericks need to find a way to beat the Rockets (Dallas trails 0-2 in the series), and Rondo does not help that cause.

After the game, Rondo avoided the media while Carlisle largely dodged the Rondo question.

“You have to ask him (whether he cared about being benched),” Carlisle said in a postgame press conference broadcast on NBA TV. “All I know right now is that we need everybody at their competitive best. This isn’t about one guy who did or didn’t play. This is about everybody pulling in the same direction for the organization. That’s what it’s about.”

The other thing that has become clear: Rondo is gone from Dallas this summer.

He is an unrestricted free agent, and there will be no shortage of suitors — expect the Lakers among others to reach out. But it will be interesting to see if any GM still will offer him the max deal Danny Ainge had said Rondo deserves. Not likely, not even in this “market max” year where some guys will get overpaid. Rondo’s playoff performance likely ensured that. Maybe more interesting, how many years will Rondo be offered? He seems to have lost some of his explosiveness following years of injuries (including a bad ACL one), which hurts both his offensive penetration and his defense. Combine that with a lack of outside shooting and Rondo destroys offensive spacing.

That’s what has him on the bench in Dallas, and he may not see the court much at all the rest of this series. Dallas doesn’t want to be one-and-done in the playoffs.

But Rondo wants to be one-and-done in Dallas. And it shows.


Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson criticizes Phil Jackson for trading Tyson Chandler

Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

When Phil Jackson took over as the Knicks’ president of basketball operations last season, he made a series of sweeping changes. He replaced head coach Mike Woodson with Derek Fisher, and dealt former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks for Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and other pieces.

Woodson, now an assistant under Doc Rivers with the Clippers, spoke to reporters Wednesday night following the Clippers’ 111-80 blowout win over the Knicks, and criticized the move to trade Chandler.

From the New York Post‘s Marc Berman:

One thing is for sure: Woodson would have fought to keep center Tyson Chandler, whom Jackson couldn’t jettison fast enough the day before the NBA draft.

“Had I stayed on board, I probably would’ve pushed to keep Tyson and keep the core group together because that’s what won the 54 games two years ago,’’ Woodson, now a Clippers assistant, said Wednesday night before his new team clobbered the Knicks, 111-80. “But people change. You got to live with it. They’ve had a tough season so far.

“Hopefully they can rebound this summer and put some pieces together and get back to winning basketball games.’’

That’s easy for Woodson to say now that he’s moved on, but after the way last season ended for the Knicks, big changes were in order regardless. Chandler wasn’t going to be a long-term part of their future, and trading him also allowed Jackson to get rid of Raymond Felton’s contract. Chandler has been great in Dallas, but he’s more valuable there than he would have been on a rebuilding Knicks team.

Rajon Rondo suffers orbital fracture to his left eye, will miss time

Rajon Rondo

On that play less than two minutes into the game Saturday Rajon Rondo was inadvertently kneed in the face by teammate Richard Jefferson, he left the game not to return.

Now he’s not going to be back for a while — Dallas announced that Rondo suffered an orbital fracture to his left eye and a nasal fracture. He is out for the Mavericks next three games — Monday against the Timberwolves and a road trip to face the Warriors and Kings this week — and he could be out a while longer, there is no official timetable for his return.

Dallas has other point guards to fall back on with Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. However those guys do not dish out the assists nor, more importantly, defend like Rondo, who has averaged 9.2 points and 6.5 assists for Dallas since being traded from Boston earlier this season.

Rondo has improved the Dallas defense by 5.5 points per 100 possessions when on the court since the trade, however their offense has been 6.7 points per 100 worse when he plays. That has led some to question if Dallas is better off with him or not. But if Dallas plans to get out of the first round and do some damage in the playoffs it needs Rondo because their defense isn’t good enough in a loaded West without him.

Rondo certainly will be back from this injury before then, but he could miss a few weeks.