UPDATE: This story has taken a new twist on Friday.
So much for the concern that the Dallas Mavericks were crowding out Yogi Ferrell. After drafting point guards in each of the last two seasons, the Mavericks nevertheless will reportedly maintain their commitment to Indiana University all-time assist leader Yogi Ferrell.
The Mavericks are signing Yogi Ferrell to a two-year deal worth in excess of $5 million, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 19, 2018
Dallas had rescinded their $2.9 million qualifying offer to Ferrell two weeks ago, making him an unrestricted free agent. At the time, various reports indicated that the team considered the qualifying offer “a placeholder” as the team worked to re-sign Ferrell.
Ferrell joined Dallas as a D-League call-up during the 2016-17 season. He performed well enough at that time that the team signed him to a two-year contract when his 10-day deal expired.
Ferrell has averaged 10.6 points and 3.0 assists in 118 games for Dallas, including 50 starts.
He may have to compete with the Mavs’ latest draft pick, second round selection Jalen Brunson, a point guard from Villanova. However, at least based on one report, the Mavs may envision him in the shooting guard position.
Sources: Free agent Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a two-year, $5.3M deal to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Ferrell was promised the backup shooting guard position to start next season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 19, 2018
The Indianapolis native has shot 37.8% from behind the 3-point line during his NBA career.
At Indiana, Ferrell was first team All-Big Ten in both 2015 and 2016. He was also named a 2nd and 3rd team All-American by various organizations in 2016.
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