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Yogi Ferrell changes his mind on signing with Mavericks

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The former undrafted guard had agreed to a deal as of last night.

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Update: Per Shams Charania, things are now wildly up in the air with Yogi Ferrell and the Dallas Mavericks.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon also followed up with this bit of news, saying “Per source, the Mavs didn’t hear from the agent until after seeing this tweet.” At this point, everything is up in the air.

Based on past experience, the Mavericks do not appreciate negotiations through the media. For an under six foot tall shooting guard, it’s a bold move to pull out of any sort of agreement at this stage in free agency. I suspect Yogi’s time with the Mavericks may be over.

Original Post: The Dallas Mavericks and Yogi Ferrell have agreed to a two-year, $5.3 million deal according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The second year of Ferrell’s deal becomes guaranteed on July 7.

The Mavericks originally tendered a qualifying offer to Ferrell in preparations to engage in contract negotiations with DeAndre Jordan, making the three-year pro a restricted free agent.

After inking Jordan to a deal and letting the free agent market play out, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that the Mavericks rescinded the qualifying offer, making Ferrell an unrestricted free agent but were close on a deal to retain the 25-year-old guard’s services.

Ferrell played in all 82 games last season, averaging 10 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists in nearly 28 minutes per night. He was a key cog in the Mavericks’ potent bench lineup, capable of playing the lead guard role or assuming off ball duties as evident by his 37 percent three-point percentage.

Ferrell rejoins a backcourt that includes Dennis Smith Jr., J.J. Barea and 2018 second round pick Jalen Brunson. After drafting Brunson with the 33rd pick in the draft, Ferrell’s status on the team seemed up in the air. But Ferrell offers the Mavericks some offensive versatility and figures to play the majority of his minutes as an undersized two guard.