EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A three-team trade that would send Raymond Felton from Charlotte to Dallas is on hold partly because of D.J. Augustin's injury and could take a different form when it's revived in a week or so. That's because both the Mavericks and the third team, Oklahoma City, wanted Felton in the deal.
The key pieces involved were Felton going to Dallas, Earl Watson and DeSagana Diop to Charlotte, and Jerry Stackhouse from Dallas to Oklahoma City along with a second-round pick, according to a person with knowledge of the agreed-upon parameters. Talks cooled last week when Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin was shelved for 10 days with an abdominal injury, making coach Larry Brown and G.M. Rod Higgins reluctant to part with Felton, who will be a restricted free agent after the season. But even before Augustin's injury, there was not complete agreement as to which team would be getting Felton, who has also been rumored to be going to Golden State in a proposal that died on the rumor mill. There was reluctance in some segments of the Warriors' front office to part with one of the team's young forwards, Anthony Randolph or Brandan Wright.
The Thunder, playing in New Jersey Monday night, are believed to have been planning to buy out Stackhouse after the trade. Stackhouse's $7.25 million contract for next season includes only $2 million guaranteed. So Oklahoma City, clearing cap space and assembling young assets under G.M. Sam Presti, would have another draft pick to add to its growing arsenal and would get Watson's $6.6 million contract off the books for 2009-10 at a fraction of the cost. Charlotte would get the defensive-minded big man (Diop) Brown has craved. Dallas would get another bench scorer and a potential successor to Jason Kidd at point guard.