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The backup point guard position in Oklahoma City became a little clearer on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum.

According to ESPN, Felton will sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal on July 6. Players cannot officially sign until the moratorium is lifted on Friday, July 6.

Felton, 34, averaged 6.9 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the field. His 35.2 percent three-point shooting was one of the best in almost a decade for the former point guard out of North Carolina.

His age is going to be a factor but he provided stability over the season which Oklahoma City seem to lack over last season with Semaj Christon and others trying to fill the void. January and February were the most productive months for Felton, he shot over 38 percent from three including averaging 7.6 points per game over those 26 games.

With the addition of Felton to Oklahoma City’s cap and tax skyrocketed once again. They now have a combined $318 million on the books. His contract alone adds about $11 million to Oklahoma City’s financials.

At this point, Oklahoma City has 13 players on the books. The NBA requires a minimum of 13 players. However, you can expect the Thunder to add a few more players to the roster. It’s not expected Carmelo Anthony is going to return as his contract alone is holding down $132.5 million alone.

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