Yogi Ferrell explains why he chose Kings instead of Mavs
The 6-foot point guard opted to sign with the Kings a few days after on a slightly more lucrative offer — a two-year, $6.2 million contract.
The Indiana product was a guest in The Jim Rome Show on Monday, explaining his reasons for backing out of the deal and ultimately finding his niche with Sacramento.
“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” said Ferrell. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”
Ferrell came into the NBA scope as a D-League prospect, getting his first taste of the league by playing six games for the Brooklyn Nets, then impressing with two 10-day contracts in Big D, dropping 32 points against the Portland Trail Blazers in February, which clinched a two-year deal with the Mavs.
“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said, reminiscing on his NBA experience as an undrafted player. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”
“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”
Ferrell averaged 10.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field while dishing out 2.5 assists and snatching three rebounds after playing all 82 games last season.