Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  3 responses

Raymond Felton Wants to Stay in Portland Long-Term

Raymond Felton just became a Blazer, but he’s already thinking about sticking around for a long time. From The Oregonian: “The Blazers were happy to have point guard Raymond Felton, and he was happy to join them. The team introduced Felton – acquired from Denver in a draft-day trade Thursday – and draft picks Nolan Smith and Jon Diebler. After they traded veteran Andre Miller for Felton, Blazers official talked about Felton being a much-sought long-term solution for them. Felton, who turned 27 Sunday and was serenaded with ‘Happy Birthday’ by a group of children when he arrived, was quickly asked about staying with Portland after he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2011-12 season. ‘I definitely want something long-term here,’ Felton said. Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said Portland, under current collective bargaining rules, would have an advantage in trying to retain Felton after he becomes a free agent next summer. The Blazers would hold what’s called ‘early Bird rights’ to Felton, which would allow them to raise his salary 10.5 percent each season, whereas other teams would only be able to increase it by 8 percent each season. The Blazers would also be allowed to sign Felton to one more season than other teams. However, it remains unclear if the next CBA would hold similar exceptions. The current CBA expires Thursday.”

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  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    After reading yesterdays story and comments this morning, i’m still not sure if this is an upgrade or not. Felton obviously will spread the floor better, and although Miller has a higher % on his career, that is likely due to the amount of shots he passes up because he cannot make them.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I only see it being an upgrade in the fact that Felton is younger and peaking right now, while Miller is probably getting ready to fall off. But Dre was a really good fit for the Blazers I thought.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Felton wants to be great, and has wanted “his own team” for a while, according to George Karl. If Brandon Roy could heal and become ball dominant again (I don’t think he can) then Felton really is an upgrade. But Portland’s success will hinge on Bigmen more then anything. His age and thefact that they’ve been after him for a while IMO is the main reason they did the trade though.