The Dallas Mavericks and Yogi Ferrell agree to a deal
By Kohl Rast
In a move that surprised no one, the Dallas Mavericks and Yogi Ferrell have agreed to a two-year deal to bring the energetic guard back into the rotation. The deal was not surprising, but the details of it are fairly unique.
The only thing left was to make it official and Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports did just that today. The Dallas Mavericks and Yogi Ferrell have finally come to terms on a contract and it leaves the Mavs a little bit of flexibility while giving Yogi a chance to earn some good money.
Yogi will be signing a two-year/$5.3 million deal with the Mavs after spending most of the past two seasons with Dallas. This deal allows the Mavs to retain more than $5 million in cap availability for the upcoming season. This cap space will reportedly be going to Dirk Nowitzki unless Dallas falls in love with another free agent before pen hits paper.
Here are the tweets from Shams Charania:
The last part of that first tweet is the important thing. Part of the agreement between Dallas and Yogi was that he would be the backup at the shooting guard position. This has to lead to some speculation, as it is unclear who the Mavs starting 5 will be.
Many believed that it would be Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and DeAndre Jordan. However, after reading this tweet from Shams, the starting lineup could very well be Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and DeAndre Jordan. Of course we won’t know for sure until the start of the season.
The most important thing to note here is that Yogi deserved the contract that he got. Although he is undersized, Yogi brings a lot of heart and excitement to the floor for Dallas on both ends of the court. His defense is especially good for his size and his scoring has been a constant for a Mavs team that has needed it. Expect Yogi to be a big beneficiary of the slashing duo of DSJ and Luka in one way or another.
Here are some highlights from Yogi during his time in Dallas.
We should all look forward to seeing Yogi on the court for the Mavs for a few more years. Even though he may not be the best guard out there, he has earned his spot in Dallas.