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September 05, 2009

May: Felton unsigned 'ridiculous''

CHAPEL HILL – Sean May can’t imagine why the Charlotte Bobcats have yet to sign ex-teammate Raymond Felton to a long-term contract.

“I don’t know what the numbers are – why they’re so far apart – but personally I think it’s kind of ridiculous that going a month into training camp he doesn’t have a deal done,’’ May said following Friday’s North Carolina alumni game at the Smith Center.

May and Felton were among 19 ex-Tar Heels who played to a sold-out house. May, a former Bobcats power forward, signed with the Sacramento Kings. Felton, the Bobcats’ starting point guard, still hopes to work out a multi-year deal by the start of camp at the end of this month.

“You go down the list: He plays every day. He practices every day and a lot of NBA stars take days off. He doesn’t get hurt, he’s the best teammate,’’ May described.

“The guy gets it done, and the team has gotten progressively better. You have to reward him for that.’’

Felton and May both played well in an exhibition that celebrated 100 years of UNC basketball. Felton had nine points and seven assists. May had 21 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 9-of-13 from the field.

Felton generally deflected questions about his contract status.

“It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s going to happen – that’s all I can say,’’ Felton said. “I think we’re going to work something out.’’

A source familiar with the situation projected that a deal in the range of $7 million a season would breach this gap. If Felton doesn’t sign a long-term deal, he’d likely play next season on a one-year qualifying offer of $5.5 million, then become an unrestricted free agent.

Felton played over 20 minutes in the UNC exhibition. He said he wasn’t worried about injuring himself, despite being unsigned.

May signed a one-year, veteran-minimum contract with the Kings, looking to restore his career following a knee injury and weight issues. He says he weighs 262 pounds, three below the goal the Kings set for him.

May said he doesn’t resent the Bobcats for not offering him another contract, but finds it ironic he would have accepted a minimum deal to stay and the Bobcats have yet to sign a backup power forward.

“I’ve thought about that a lot,’’ May said. “There’s nothing I wanted more than to come back to Charlotte, and it wasn’t about the money.’’

-- Rick Bonnell

Posted by Observer Sports on September 5, 2009 at 09:09 AM | Permalink


Now he plays!Think the Bobcats should have held on to him one more year at the min.

Posted by: panfan1 | Sep 5, 2009 9:55:36 AM

No way...not offering May a contract was the 'wake-up' call that he apparently answered. If we had made him an offer, his past has shown he wouldn't have changed a thing.

Posted by: BlockParty | Sep 5, 2009 10:11:53 AM

f*ck off fatty.

Posted by: the voice | Sep 5, 2009 1:41:21 PM

Why do we care what Sean May thinks?

Posted by: Will | Sep 5, 2009 2:24:47 PM

Funny. All those reasons May lists Felton as a great pickup are the reasons he's damn near fallen off the NBA radar in a few short years.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 5, 2009 4:25:14 PM

procton you crazy as hell. if the bobcats don't sign him for the right money, he will go to another team who will pay the money for his services. a good steady hard working point guard is hard to find. please know the game before you start bashing felton because of your perosnal reasons..

Posted by: tim | Sep 5, 2009 7:39:28 PM

Felton can’t shoot. Who’d want him on the floor?

Get rid of him and sign Iverson. Time is wasting.

Posted by: Bill | Sep 5, 2009 9:05:23 PM

I love this blog post title, you could really have some fun with it...

May: Most Americans eating just 3 meals a day "ridiculous''

May: Lack of Taco Bell franchises in Sacramento "ridiculous''

May: Bojangles not offering bacon-egg-cheese-sausage-gravy-bo'rounds-egg-and-cheese biscuit "ridiculous''

May: Domino's Pizza only available up to size X-Large "ridiculous''

May: Human body having to burn more calories than it takes in to lose weight "ridiculous''

Posted by: ASChin | Sep 5, 2009 10:48:41 PM

It's just how they do business... same situation for David Lee and Nate Robinson in NY... players want as much money as possible, teams want to pay them as little as possible. Only difference is GMs don't usually go to the media for leverage. I suppose May will be talking up McCants next?

Posted by: David | Sep 6, 2009 12:35:38 AM

Tim, my commentary was about May, not Felton. But hey, maybe Felton will get that $7 million offer he's demanding. With as much attention as he's gotten on the FA market and the giant contracts given to better players like Ramon Sessions ($16 mil over 4 years), he's certain to get it.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 6, 2009 10:26:44 AM

mccants and may both in sacramento with chips on shoulders.......and felton unsigned and marvin williams moveable.......and sacramento isn't calling about a sign and trade with charlotte or atlanta?

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 6, 2009 11:03:26 AM

y bad then procton if i took your coment out of context..but i hate to say it but i am starting to think mike is going to let felton go, mike really likes dj, who is a better shooter..they will sign felton for one year and look for a pf on the market..felton most likey will be gone in 2011...

Posted by: tim | Sep 6, 2009 12:43:22 PM

While May might be more talented than the back up we get, I would rather have someone that can actually play in a NBA game.

Posted by: Tyler Colbert | Sep 6, 2009 3:24:31 PM

Tim, there IS no PF on the market. The season starts in less than a month! If we hadn't traded for anchor contracts like Mohammed, Diop, and Radmanovic, we'd be in much better shape, but at least we can now firmly challenge for 36 wins instead of 32 at twice the cost!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 7, 2009 2:00:47 AM

Have to agree with Procton about Sessions. He's a better player/prospect at the PG and he just settled for a 4-year $16 million deal. You'd have to be crazy to offer Felton (a comparable to less player) $3 million more per season.
I had a feeling that it was going to come to this.
Basically, you've got people like 'spectre' playing the part of Felton's agent, arguing for more than the mid-level. And people like myself and Procton who are playing the part of management, knowing that Raymond isn't going to get anything like that in this market.
Sad thing is is that the whole ordeal is preventing the team from signing Iverson who, unlike Felton, would immediately add to the wins column.
Like I've said before, the Bobcats will remain hopeless until the day Bob Johnson hands over the keys.

Posted by: ASChin | Sep 7, 2009 3:24:15 AM

i don't see how anybody can say sessions is a better prospect pg than felton. not to discount sessions at all, but that's just not factual. both are good prospects who aren't upper echelon stars but are legit starters in the league. difference with felton is that you're talking face of the franchise. you're talking about a guy that has to be asked NOT to participate in workouts that are designed to be for the younger players. this guy lives and breathes for this franchise and he's the kinda guy we NEED to keep around regardless of the price. there's a huge difference between 7 mil a year for felton or wallace or okafor getting big money and throwing it away on guys like mohommed or diop who are just getting paid based on their draft day physical. give the man his money and play him AND DJ. that's what worked last year. build on it. and yea....there are no PF prospects. they could have got hansbrough but instead wasted the pick on henderson. hopefully he works his way into the rotation but thats a major downgrade from shannon brown.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 7, 2009 8:19:32 PM

I've enjoyed watching ray for the past few years. I'd hate to see him go becuase I feel I've invested my time in him and would like to see us win with him. It would be more satisfying that way. I'd wait another year to make the playoffs just so I could see ray and crash take us there.

Posted by: dude | Sep 7, 2009 10:31:42 PM

'AsChin' wrote: "Basically, you've got people like 'spectre' playing the part of Felton's agent, arguing for more than the mid-level. And people like myself and Procton who are playing the part of management, knowing that Raymond isn't going to get anything like that in this market."

LOL! Nice...mentioning me when I haven't even commented in this thread. Always a class act Aschin.

I've said all along he was worth an MLE deal...not "more", so check yourself. I've also said that in this economy I don't blame the Bobcats one bit for holding out as long as they can to get the best deal.

He still very likely will sign for a little under the MLE.

This also has NOTHING to do with Iverson, because IF Felton is signed to a coventional deal with 10% raises his starting salary will be approx. 5.6 million...a whopping 100k over his QO.

They have the same to work with as they have all along.

Posted by: spectre | Sep 8, 2009 8:37:45 AM

BTW...Sessions is worth the MLE as well and IMO Minny is getting a steal. Unlike Felton however:

1) His QO was only 1 million.

2) He was in the unique position of having to be a RFA again if he took that QO

3) Coach didn't want him back.

Posted by: spectre | Sep 8, 2009 8:40:12 AM

the biggest difference between sessions and felton is experience. felton's been an nba starting point guard for 2 more seasons. that's the difference between the 4 mil for sessions and the high 6ish figure felton deserves. the only reason felton didn't get that on the market was because its 2009. last summer he would have gotten that kinda of money from portland or ny or miami if he had been available like he is this year. when david lee doesn't get any offers it tells you something. not to mention all the hype over this 2010 shit which is wildly retarded. in the end i'm just glad its that way because we stand a better chance of retaining him even through the ownership changes looming. i don't think we need a backup PF as much as we need to develop the 2 young guys we have to fill that in the same way boston developed their young guys to do that.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 8, 2009 10:14:56 AM

Yes, charlottean. Henderson, who is going to be an immediate contributor off the bench as an on-the-ball defender, rebounder, and slasher, is sure to be a downgrade from Shannon Brown, who we coveted so much we shipped him off to LA.

Oh, and Milwaukee didn't want to let Sessions go. They just coudlnt' afford him.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 8, 2009 1:06:24 PM

Procton wrote: "Oh, and Milwaukee didn't want to let Sessions go. They just coudlnt' afford him."

Not after they signed Warrick in FA, passed on buying out Kurt Thomas and took on more salary in the Delfino S&T.

If they wanted to keep him they absolutely could have. They had more than enough room after the RJ trade and letting CV walk, but they decided to go in another direction.

Sessions doesn't appear to be a Skiles type of PG.

Posted by: spectre | Sep 8, 2009 1:45:53 PM

I applaud you Charlottean. I'm not sure how you do it, but I have laughed at everything you have written. Felton being worth a lot of money, Felton being the face or our franchise, Felton being able to get 7 mil a year last season, that one liner about Tyler Hansbrough..... I could stay up all night and not think of one joke that funny.

Posted by: mp | Sep 8, 2009 4:56:44 PM

Rumor: Bobcats could possibly be involved in a 3-team deal with the Mavs & Warriors that netted Monta Ellis

Posted by: Yeah? | Sep 9, 2009 12:16:32 AM

I've seen a version that gives us Ellis, which doesn't make any sense. We don't need another point. especially at 11 mil. Also seen a version that gives us Jackson, which also doesn't make sense considering he says he wants to go to a contender. He's only due 7 next season, but plays the same position as Wallace.

Posted by: mp | Sep 9, 2009 5:21:18 AM

I've seen a version that gives us Ellis, which doesn't make any sense. We don't need another point. especially at 11 mil. Also seen a version that gives us Jackson, which also doesn't make sense considering he says he wants to go to a contender. He's only due 7 next season, but plays the same position as Wallace.

Posted by: mp | Sep 9, 2009 5:21:18 AM

For what it is worth, Ellis can the play 2. He did so with Baron. Also Jackson is a 2-3. He played sg with the Spurs, and only plays 3 (and not 2) with GS because they have such a guard heavy offense/lineup.

Posted by: Yeah? | Sep 9, 2009 8:27:57 AM

anybody that thinks henderson is an upgrade from shannon brown is nuts. not only is brown the better player, athlete, shooter, defender, etc. but he was getting the fucking minimum. we're giving henderson lottery money and the dude was late first round talent.

1 liner about hansbrough? yall complain we need a backup PF. okay. so hansbrough wouldn't be an elite backup? he's gonna be starting for the pacers, i would say that would be a valuable piece off the bench.

and yea felton is worth the money. show me all the other dependable starting injury free point guards that get you 14 and 7 that are under 30 and make less than 6 mil. don't worry i'll wait. felton's a starter, he deserves starter money. we're paying mohommed 6 mil a year to wear a suit and diop another 6 or 7 to try and learn how to play basketball. but felton's not worth it. radmonovic is getting what? 8 or 9 mil this year? and tyson chandler 11? felton's not worth 6 or 7?

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 9, 2009 1:24:39 PM

No Sean whats really crazy is that you still earn a salary in the NBA. Felton will sign I guess?

Posted by: BigCat44 | Sep 9, 2009 7:45:46 PM

@ procton: we shipped off shannon brown to LA reluctantly because phil jackson saw what michael saw. and brown was contributing on a championship team. we've yet to see how much contributing henderson will do on a bottom feeding to mediocre team.

@ mp....."what do you mean funny"©joe pesci

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 10, 2009 2:27:58 PM

the last thing we need is monta ellis. what we need is mohommed and diop to get injured to get that insurance money.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 13, 2009 8:36:05 PM

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