Dallas withdraws qualifying offer for Yogi Ferrell
The Dallas Mavericks have removed their qualifying offer for Yogi Ferrell from the guard’s table, thus making Ferrell an unrestricted free agent, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.
Sources: The Dallas Mavericks have rescinded the qualifying offer on guard Yogi Ferrell, making him an unrestricted free agent.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2018
The offer, which was worth $2.9 million, sat on Ferrell’s lap unsigned, as the former Indiana Hoosiers star did not seem to find it salivating enough for him to put ink on it. For now, Ferrell is free to entertain and sign any offer that comes his way.
That the Mavs extended an offer to Ferrell suggested that he made a positive impression on the team. Last season, Ferrell appeared in all of the Mavs’ 82 games, with 21 starts. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 27.8 minutes per game. He has a nice shot from the outside, as he is a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter.
In a separate report by Tim McMahon of ESPN, it appears that the Mavs’ cancellation of their previous offer to Ferrell was only a way for them to get the shoot-first guard a different deal.
Source: Mavs and guard Yogi Ferrell "are on the 1-yard line" of getting a deal done to keep him in Dallas. His $2.9 million qualifying offer was rescinded, making Ferrell a free agent, but Mavs intend to re-sign him.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 14, 2018
In the event that Yogi Ferrell does find himself back in Dallas, he’s expected to serve as a backup to Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic. Ferrell has the ability to heat up quickly coming off the bench, and having someone like him on the floor would help stabilize Dallas’ offense while some of the team’s starters are riding the pine.
With Seth Curry now in Portland, Ferrell could also soak up some of the minutes left by the now Blazers guard.