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.”
Mavs’ Rick Carlisle Talks About Luka Doncic Carrying Team
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle knows that rookie guard Luka Doncic is having an incredible rookie season, but understands that the guard is carrying a big load for the team.
Doncic took over the game in the Mavs’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers that came down to the wire.
“It was one of those times where he was going to have to finish for us to have a chance,” Carlisle said, according to Gerry Fraley of SportsDay. “I love the fact that he loves carrying the load. He’s one of those dynamic young players that has the charisma to give his teammates confidence.”
The Mavericks made a number of moves at the trade deadline, leaving even more on the plate of Doncic.
“There’s more responsibility falling on Luka,” Carlisle said. “This is an important stretch to feel what it’s all about and what it feels like and what it feels like to have to deliver in all these different areas. He’s certainly capable of doing it.
“We’ve got to prepare him to carry this load going forward.”
Mavericks Acquire Kristaps Porzingis from Knicks
The Knicks will receiver Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, and DeAndre Jordan in exchange for Porzingis, Trey Burker, Courtney Lee, and Tim Hardaway Jr..
Dallas is working to acquire a 1st round pick to include in the deal, according to ESPN.
The Mavs are hoping to re-sign Porzingis, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, and are confident that both Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic can help convince him to sign.
Porzingis has been out for close to a year with an ACL injury and an evaluation in January revealed that his knee is healing well.
Porzingis had recently met with the Knicks organization to express his frustration with the team’s losing and past dysfunction, while also expressing his uncertainty that they can achieve sustainable success.
Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. Returning to Team
From the trading block, to stepping away from the team, and taking a backseat to rookie phenom Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has had a rough season.
According to The Athletic’s Sham Charania, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle and Smith spoke on the phone and were able to work out the issue, resulting in Smith making a return to the team on Tuesday.
During the conversation, Carlisle apologized and showed remorse to Smith during the call.
Smith is averaging 12.6 points and 3.9 assists per game for Dallas this season.
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