Raymond Felton was suspended by the NBA for four games. There had been many NBA rumors about the new Dallas Mavericks point guard and how many games he might miss, but now fantasy basketball owners have an answer. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (Aug. 7), the suspension comes after Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. This all happened when he was a member of the New York Knicks.
It seems like Felton is hoping for a fresh start with his new franchise and he has previously stated that he feels he is a top five point guard in the NBA. Felton will now have to prove that, especially since he isn't even penciled in as the starter for the team yet. The 2014-15 NBA season could see him becoming a major part of the second unit and that might bring with it some value in deeper fantasy basketball leagues. As it currently stands, he shouldn't be a selection in the first 10 rounds though.
Speaking about the situation, Felton stated, "I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions. Moving forward, I'm eager to get to Dallas, to start fresh and make a positive impact in the Dallas metropolitan area." This was all part of a statement that he released in the hope of not alienating his new fans before he even steps on the court. As for Knicks fans, there haven't been very many tears shed since he was dealt during the offseason.
Last season was a really down year for Raymond Felton as he averaged just 9.7 points per game. He also shot just 39.5 percent from the field, making him a liability on offense a lot of the time. When it looked like he might get suspended by the league following his arrest, the Knicks started pushing hard to deal him. The Mavericks accepted him as part of the Tyson Chandler deal and if he could just get back to his better days on the court, he could be a sneaky late-round fantasy basketball pick up.