The Oklahoma City Thunder and free-agent point guard Raymond Felton agreed to terms Friday on a one-year deal, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes.
Felton, 33, averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
A 12-year veteran, Felton should immediately slot in as Russell Westbrook’s backup and provide supplementary scoring along with solid pick-and-roll defense.
In 80 games last season, Felton surrendered just 0.76 points per possession to opposing pick-and-roll ball-handlers, a mark that ranked in the 73rd percentile.
"I love to play defense, and with this team that’s what I have to do every night," Felton said last December with the Clippers, per the Los Angeles Times’ Jesse Dougherty. "I don’t have to worry about trying to come in and score."
Felton’s job description with the Thunder should be similar.
OKC has a gaudy one-two scoring punch with Westbrook and Paul George in the fold, and Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Patrick Patterson should be solid sources of secondary scoring who allow Felton to hunker down and do the dirty work on both ends.
While his numbers likely won’t be anything special, Felton represents an upgrade behind Westbrook after they rolled with Cameron Payne and Norris Cole at that spot last year.
Stats courtesy of NBA.com.