The Dallas Mavericks drafted what they hope will be their franchise point guard on Thursday night when they selected N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr. with the 9th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the Mavs have moved on from former Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell.
Ferrell, who went undrafted in 2016 and who was cut by the Brooklyn Nets, burst onto the scene in Dallas in January when he dazzled the league on a 10-day contract. Shortly after Ferrell dropped 32 points and nine 3-pointers on the Portland Trail Blazers in early February, the Mavs signed Ferrell for the rest of the season with a team option for the 2017-18 year.
On Saturday, Dallas exercised that option, meaning Ferrell will remain a Maverick and will make $1.3 Million next season. The news was first reported by ESPN with the salary report courtesy of DallasBasketball.com.
“Time will tell. I do like Yogi in our franchise, on our roster,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told the Dallas Morning News after the season. “He certainly has proven that he can be a rotation player in this league. We didn’t have a good record. At this point in time, projecting exactly where he’s going to be is not really fair. I love him as a competitor. He’s grown each and every day, each and every game. I’m just really thrilled we have him here.”
Ferrell, 24, averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 36 games for Dallas last season. Knowing what we do about Yogi, it’s safe to say he’ll give Smith Jr. quite the run for his money for the starting point guard spot next season.
“I feel like, yeah, I am a starting point guard, and I’m going to play whatever role coach decides to put me in,” Ferrell told the Dallas Morning News after the season. “I’m definitely just blessed to be here and glad to be here. I definitely want to be here for a very long time.”