Reports: Yogi Ferrell changes direction on free-agent deal with Dallas Mavericks


A day after seemingly reaching an agreement to stay put, Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell has had a change of heart about his deal with the team. Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania (via Twitter) and ESPN’s Tim McMahon report Ferrell has changed course on the two-year contract he reached yesterday that would keep him in Dallas.

Sources: Guard Yogi Ferrell has changed course on Dallas Mavericks deal in order to reenter free agency. “We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options,” agent Cervando Tejeda said.

Charania reports Ferrell is fielding interest from several teams and plans to decide on his team within the next day.

New free agent Yogi Ferrell is fielding interest from several teams, including Cleveland and New Orleans, and plans to decide within the next day, league sources tell Yahoo.

MacMahon reports Tejeda informed the Mavs of Ferrell’s decision to back out of his agreement after they read the report of the deal online. Tejeda declined to comment on the situation when reached by ESPN.

Last season, Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, three assists and 2.5 rebounds per game as he started 21 of 82 games played for Dallas. He joined the Mavs on a 10-day contract in the middle of the 2016-17 season. One month after he joined the team, he lit up the Portland Trail Blazers for 32 points and nine 3-pointers on Feb. 3, 2017. It was a key moment as Ferrell — who went undrafted — quickly became a key piece in the Mavs’ rebuilding project.

Last week, the Mavs rescinded Ferrell’s qualifying offer, which made him an unrestricted free agent. However, that move was seen as just a formality, writes ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, as the sides were in the final stages of working out the new deal (which would have cost Dallas slightly less in annual salary). 

That all seems to have changed, though, and Ferrell is back in the free-agent marketplace. In addition to determining what happens next with Ferrell, the Mavs were also closing in on a deal with franchise icon Dirk Nowitzki yesterday

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