The Cleveland Cavaliers’ injuries have become former IU star Yogi Ferrell’s latest opportunity.
The Cavaliers have signed Ferrell to a 10-day contract, the team announced on Monday. Cleveland was granted a hardship exception by the NBA in order to acquire Ferrell.
The hardship exception is a temporary roster spot granted by the league. It allows a team to exceed the 15-man maximum roster when it has at least four players who are sick or injured for longer than two weeks.
Ferrell played in 50 games for the Sacramento Kings in 2019-20, averaging 4.4 points, 1.4 assists and 1 rebound in 10.6 minutes per game. His minutes this past season were the fewest Ferrell played on a per game basis throughout his career.
The 6-foot Ferrell won a pair of Big Ten titles at IU in connection with his freshman and senior seasons. Ferrell is Indiana’s all-time assist leader and first in three-pointers made in Big Ten games. Ferrell played in more games (137) at IU than anyone else.
After a brief stint in Brooklyn, Ferrell’s first big break in the league came in January 2017 when he signed a ten-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
He went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team while a member of the Mavericks in 2017.
The Park Tudor (Indianapolis) High School product has been in the NBA for four seasons. In his most productive season in the league, his second in 2017-18, Ferrell played all 82 games for the Dallas Mavericks and averaged 10.2 points, 2.5 assists and 3 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game.
The Cavaliers report that Ferrell will wear jersey No. 5. They have a Monday night home game against the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. ET.
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