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NBA suspends Mavericks guard Felton for 4 games

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks knew they would possibly have to deal with some legal ramifications when they acquired embattled point guard Raymond Felton in a trade with the New York Knicks on June 25.

On Thursday, the Mavericks found out the results of those ramifications.

Felton was suspended four games without pay by the NBA on Thursday for pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. Those two crimes are in violation of the law of the state of New York.

Felton, 30, must serve the suspension during the first four games of the upcoming season.

In a statement released by the Mavericks, Felton held himself accountable for a pair of crimes which will always serve as the backdrop to the start of his career with the Dallas.

"I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions," Felton said. "Moving forward I'm eager to get to Dallas, to start fresh and make a positive impact in the Dallas metropolitan area."

Felton's case stemmed from an incident earlier this year when, about a week after his wife filed for divorce, her attorney reportedly carried a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police station after Felton's estranged wife stated she didn't want it in the house. Felton eventually turned himself in ironically, on Feb. 24, following a 110-108 Mavericks victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

On July 23 Felton pleaded guilty to the gun charge, which allowed him to avoid any jail time. The nine-year veteran admitted in a Manhattan court room that he knew he was carrying a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a semi-automatic handgun without a license.

Meanwhile, in addition to the four-game suspension handed down by the NBA, Felton also, in accordance to his plea deal, must perform 500 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.

It has been largely assumed that Felton would battle newly-acquired Jameer Nelson to become the Mavericks' opening-day starter at point guard next season. But that no longer is the case.

"Today we were made aware of Raymond Felton's suspension," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a statement released by the team. "We also learned that Raymond will be permitted to complete his community service outside the state of New York.

"The Mavericks are working with Raymond and the court to develop a community service program that will have a positive and lasting impact on North Texas."

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