Unrestricted free agent Raymond Felton has been contacted by seven teams as all signs point to him leaving Charlotte.The next step may be if the Bobcats can get compensation for their starting point guard through a sign-and-trade deal.
"We would consider a sign-and-trade with the Bobcats if it would help them and Raymond as well," agent Tony Dutt said Thursday. "I was excited by the high level of teams that contacted us."
Dutt wouldn't name the seven teams, but the Bobcats weren't among them as they appear ready to make a change in the backcourt.
The Bobcats have made no push to re-sign Felton in part because of salary-cap issues. The team's payroll is close to the luxury tax, a figure owner Michael Jordan has said the team won't exceed.
When the Bobcats gave Tyrus Thomas a one-year, $6.2 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent and Tyson Chandler didn't opt out of the final year of his deal, it left Charlotte only about $2 million shy of the projected luxury tax figure and may have marked the end of Felton's time in Charlotte.