Indiana Basketball

Dallas Clears the Way for Yogi Ferrell




It’s Yogi Ferrell‘s show now.

The Dallas Mavericks waived starting point guard Deron Williams on Thursday, clearing the way for Ferrell to take over the starting job.

The former Indiana All-American is averaging 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 33 minutes per game since joining the Mavericks in January. Ferrell has started seven of the 10 games he’s played with Dallas.

Ferrell is in line to get plenty of minutes until veteran guard J.J. Barea returns from injury to serve as his backup. Devin Harris is currently the only other point guard on the roster.

Ferrell signed a two-year contract with the Mavericks after his 10-day contract expired.

“We may have to look at some short-term guys to shore up the guard position until Barea’s ready,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday. “I don’t have any names for you. … I think Barea can play sometime in the next two weeks.

“We could use another playmaking guard to get us through this period. I’m concerned about Harris’ minutes, [Seth] Curry … not so much with Yogi because he’s a lot younger than these other guys.”

The Mavericks (22-34) added their center of the future on Thursday by acquiring Nerlens Noel in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Dallas is currently in 12th place in the Western Conference, but the Mavs are only three games behind 8th place Denver.

“He’s making me look smarter than the average bear,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — an IU graduate — said recently of Ferrell.