Raymond Felton is at least one week from returning to the Dallas Mavericks due to a high ankle sprain, at which point he will have to serve a suspension as the 2014-2015 NBA season gets underway.
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Players across the NBA are gearing up for the regular season with clear minds and the idea of a fresh start in their minds. It’s a new season for everybody. One player who has some obstacles standing in his way, however, is veteran Mavericks’ guard Raymond Felton.
Not necessarily listed in the order of their importance, Felton needs to deal with a high ankle sprain and a four-game suspension that stems from a New York gun charge. The two are connected insofar as Felton cannot double up: he has to be healthy before he can start serving his suspension.
Eddie Sefko provides the following update on Felton’s situation:
Tim MacMahon reports the following about when Felton can actually start serving his four-game ban:
"NBA rules prevent Felton from serving his four-game suspension, which stems from his guilty plea on New York gun charges from last season, until he is healthy enough to play."
The Mavericks are hoping to see Felton make meaningful contributions as a secondary player this season, but between his injury and his suspension, they might not see him on the floor for a while.
In 65 games for the New York Knicks last season, Felton averaged 9.7 points and 5.6 assists in 31.0 minutes per game.
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