NEW YORK: The National Basketball Association slapped Raymond Felton with a four-game suspension yesterday after the Dallas Mavericks guard pleaded guilty to gun charges in July.
Felton will miss the first four games of the 2014-15 season following his guilty plea which is connected to a February arrest when he was a member of the New York Knicks.
He will also have to perform 500 hours of community service and was handed a $5,000 fine.
“Today we were made aware of Raymond Felton’s suspension,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “The Mavericks are working with Raymond and the court to develop a community service program that will have a positive and lasting impact.”
The Mavericks acquired Felton in a trade with New York in June. Just two days before the deal, Felton reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to avoid jail time.
Felton was charged in February with possession of a firearm after he turned himself in to authorities after a game against the Mavericks.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers has reached a tentative agreement to trade the two most recent number one overall picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for star forward Kevin Love.
The Cavaliers will send 2014 overall top draft pick Andrew Wiggins and last year’s No. 1 selection, Anthony Bennett, to the Wolves, Yahoo Sports reported.