The Dallas Mavericks have had a busy Tuesday as they made a number of roster moves today.
The most significant move that Dallas made was waiving center Jeff Withey. The Mavs will assume a cap hit of about $588K for Withey should he go unclaimed on waivers.
Dallas waived swingman Antonius Cleveland and signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract to replace him. Cleveland suffered an ankle injury on Monday night so Dallas could bring him back if he is healthy, according to Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News.
In a corresponding move, the Mavs’ Johnathan Motley will remain in one of the team’s two slots for two-way contracts.
Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento
Sacramento Kings point guard Yogi Ferrell recently joined the team on a two-year, $6.2 million contract, abruptly backing out of a prior agreement with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, who offered him a two-year $5.3 million pact.
Ferrell explained his decision during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.
“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” Ferrell explained. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”
Ferrell averaged 10.2 ppg last season after working hard to earn a contract with the Mavericks, coming from the NBA’s D-League.
“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”
“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”
Mavericks To Sign Dirk Nowitzki To One-Year, $5 Million Contract
The new deal has been setup for nearly a week and the legendary forward will sign soon.
Nowitzki expressed desire to return for one last season and has intended to to finish his career with the only organization he has ever played for.
Yogi Ferrell Backing Out Of Mavs Deal
The Mavs and Ferrell agreed to a two-year, $5.3M deal on Thursday, but his agent says that they are opting hit free agency in search of a better deal.
“We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options,” Ferrell’s agent, Cervando Tejeda, said.
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