This is not unexpected news, obviously. After a sensational FOUR GAMES with the Mavs, which have seen him go up against the like of the Spurs and Cavaliers and shoot a sizzling 52 percent from three (and 44 percent overall), the rookie has more than shown he fits with the Mavericks’ offense and with their longer-term plan to continue to get younger.
This could also be a sign of a few things: as the trade deadline nears, rumors have been flying that the Cavaliers have been asking about Deron Williams. D-Will is only on a one-year deal, and with the Mavs unlikely to re-sign him next season mostly because of age, it would make sense to unload him for any value the team can get (sorry, Deron - I really like you, buddy!)
This could also be a sign that J.J. Barea is not progressing as well as the team would like as he rehabs from yet another leg injury. Ferrell has certainly stepped in and impressed in the Barea role.
Or, in the end, this could simply be a move for depth and to hang on to what appears to be a sensational talent as the Mavs inch closer to that “We Believe” matchup.
Any way you slice it, welcome to Dallas, Mr. Ferrell. We’re happy to have you.