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Bobcats not in the mix to sign Felton

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http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/13588362/bobcats-not-among-seven-teams-to-contact-free-agent-felton?tag=headlines;nba

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.

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Seeya Tarhole

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He's been very solid with us, but its time to move on. A sign-and-trade would be great, since it ensures that we'd be compensated. I think this also signals that we're on the verge of trading either Chandler or Mohammad for a PG.

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Seven teams per Hoops Hype are

Miami

Indiana

New Jersey

New York

Detroit

Dallas

Memphis

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He'd be a back-up in New Jersey and Dallas, I think you can go ahead and mark both of those off the list.

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And it's not that the Cats don't want him it is the fact that signing him would put us over the luxury tax and the team has already said they will not exceed the tax.

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if Miami get Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Felton- you can basically gift-wrap the title next year..

for the longest time, Felton had been the 2nd option on our team until Jax came here- but he was still taking the final shots.. if he were to go to Miami- he would be 4th on the list and be able to just focus on distribution and knocking down the occasional 3- which he stepped up in that area last year..

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if Miami get Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Felton- you can basically gift-wrap the title next year..

They simply can not do that. They can add a max free agent to go with Wade, or they can add two if they get someone in a sign-and-trade and they send Beasley away. If they do that though, they'd have to fill the rest of the roster with veteran minimum guys, meaning they won't have a bench. Wade, one other top free agent, and Felton is what they can do.

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Happy trails Raymond. You always gave it your all.

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Raymond gave us all he had every time he was on the court. He was a great citizen also. Thanks Ray. Here's to getting that dollar :D :cheers2:

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Raymond gave us all he had every time he was on the court. He was a great citizen also. Thanks Ray. Here's to getting that dollar :D :cheers2:

He is losing money over what was offered last year.

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I love me some Ray Ray, but he was a no-show in the playoffs... time to move on.

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