Monday, July 20, 2009

The 76ers are expected to extend an offer sheet to Raymond Felton soon

By Anthony Caruso III

With the Philadelphia 76ers expected to lose out on the André Miller sweepstakes, they are expected to turn their attention to another point guard. The 76ers have not made a splash in the free-agent market just yet. Before the start of free agency, they acquired Jason Kapono for Reggie Evans, which is the only move they've made this off-season.

The 76ers are expected to make an offer sheet contract offer to Charlotte Bobcats restricted free-agent Raymond Felton. The Bobcats will have 7-days to match any contract made to Felton. He is looking for a long-term deal in the neighborhood of 5-years. His recent meeting with the Bobcats did not go well.

Felton has spent the last four-years with the Bobcats. But the Bobcats have a replacement in place for when Felton leaves, when they drafted D. J. Augustin last summer. Augustin was the 9th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He averaged nearly 12 points in his rookie season.

Felton is coming off a season, where he averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 82 games. He averaged a career-high 14.4 points, 3 rebounds, career-high 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 79 games two seasons ago. Miller averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 82 games.

Adding Felton will give the 76ers a veteran point guard to replace Miller in the starting lineup. A starting lineup that will feature Felton, Willie Green, André Igoudala, Elton Brand, and Samuel Dalembért. That's of course if the 76ers do not move Brand or Dalembért, as both players are on the block.

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