The Dallas Mavericks had team options on both Yogi Ferrell and DeAndre Liggins this offseason and look to have made their decisions on both.
After some injuries to their back court veterans, Dallas was forced to dip their toes into the D-League this past season where they called up Yogi Ferrell for a 10-day contract.
Ferrell would play the next four games and lead the Mavericks to a 4-0 record over that span including a 32 point game against Portland.
Shortly after that, Ferrell would sign a multi-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks with a team option for the 2017-18 season for around $1.3 million.
Now, on June 24th, the Dallas Mavericks have decided what to do with that team option on Ferrell’s contract.
This was really a no brainer decision that everyone expected to happen as Ferrell proved his worth over the course of the season. The 24-year-old Ferrell might not ever be an everyday starter in the league, but could be the perfect spark plug off the bench similar to what J.J. Barea has brought for many years.
DeAndre Liggins is another story.
After appearing in 61 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, Liggins was surprisingly waived in April only to be picked up by Dallas before the last regular season game.
Liggins appeared in that last game for Dallas where he logged eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. Liggins went into the offseason with a team option for around $1.5 million.
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With the new addition of Dennis Smith Jr. to the back court, Dallas suddenly has a crowded back court rotation consisting of Smith Jr., Barea, Ferrell, Curry and by the way Dallas is talking, Devin Harris.
Even though there has been no official word on the Devin Harris situation, this Liggins news only reinforces the idea that Harris will be back in Dallas next year.
The 29-year-old Liggins will now hit free agency where he will undoubtedly get some looks from teams across the league as a defensive, energy guy off the bench. His time in Dallas was short, but I would imagine he still has a future in the league.
Mark Cuban said at the Dennis Smith Jr. press conference that they like what they have in regards to their roster and I would expect that to reflect in free agency this offseason.
Welcome back Yogi Ferrell.