NBA: Felton opts for Mavs; Charlotte gets All-Star nod

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Former Beach Ball Classic standout and Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton has exercised his option for next season, the team said Monday.

Felton, who starred at Latta High and the University of North Carolina, averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 assists in 9.7 minutes per game for Dallas last season. He played in 29 games, starting three.

Felton, the fifth overall pick by Charlotte in 2005, has averaged 12.7 points, 6.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 696 games (615 starts) with Charlotte, the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas.

* The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte.

A formal announcement will be made Tuesday morning with commissioner Adam Silver and team owner Michael Jordan expected to be on hand.

The team and the city made a formal bid last summer. Silver, according to the Charlotte Observer said he thought it was a sure thing that Charlotte would be awarded the game after promises were made to renovate Time Warner Cable Arena.

Once the city agreed to pay $27.5 million toward various improvements to the arena, the league took a long, hard look at the proposal.

Specific dates for the 2017 event have not yet been set. The 2016 All-Star Game is in Toronto.

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