To open the 2014-15 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks will be without Raymond Felton as the NBA has suspended the point guard for four games due to pleading guilty for gun charges that occurred last season.
Ray Felton’s been suspended 4 games w/o pay pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon & criminal possession of a firearm.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 7, 2014
Raymond Felton: “I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions.”
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBA) August 7, 2014
Felton’s arrest mid-season was just one of the many deterrents that occurred during the 2013-14 season for the New York Knicks. To pile onto the worst play of his career, Felton was arrested after reportedly pointing a gun at his wife in a domestic dispute following a game against the Mavericks. Following the threat, Felton turned himself and the firearm in to the local police. Facing the court system several months later, Felton would plead guilty to the charges, avoiding jail time in exchange for a fine and 500 hours of community service.
Now, a member of the Dallas Mavericks following a summer trade that revolved around Tyson Chandler, Felton will look to revive his career as a reserve. There’s no guarantee that he’s a rotation player with Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris in the fold.
Last season, Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game as a member of the New York Knicks.