Ferrell, who backed out of an agreed-upon two-year contract with the Mavericks on Thursday, has decided to take his talents to Sacramento. The second-year point guard out of Indiana played all 82 games last season, averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 27.8 minutes. Considering De'Aaron Fox's presence on the team, it may be tough for Ferrell to see that kind of run again this year. As a result, he can likely be avoided in most Fantasy drafts.
Ferrell, who agreed to a two-year deal with the Mavericks on Thursday, decided to reenter free agency Friday morning, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
This is a rather peculiar situation where Ferrell apparently backed out of the agreement after having more time to think on the details of the arrangement. He was in line to make $5.3 million over the next two years in Dallas, but since the contract wasn't actually signed yet, he'll move back into unrestricted free agency.
The Mavericks had previously pulled Ferrell's qualifying offer, but the two sides ultimately reconvened and were able to put an agreement in place. Ferrell was reportedly promised the backup shooting guard role to start the season, so it appears the 25-year-old should still have a rotational role in the backcourt despite the addition of No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic and second-round guard Jalen Brunson. Playing in all 82 games last season, Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while knocking down 1.6 three-pointers at a 37.2 percent clip.
The Mavericks rescinded Ferrell's $2.92 million qualifying offer Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
The play of rookie second-round pick Jalen Brunson in the summer league may have embolded the Mavericks to pull their $2.9 million qualifying offer for Ferrell, who was believed to be leaning toward accepting the deal with few teams expressing interest in him as a restricted free agent. Ferrell should draw more intrigue now that he's available on the open market, but he'll still likely have to settle for a short-term deal. The third-year point guard averaged 10.2 points in 27.8 minutes per game and shot a respectable 37.3 percent from distance a season ago, but his lack of size (six feet, 180 pounds) makes him a liability on defense against longer, bigger guards.
Ferrell is expected to play for his $2.9 million qualifying offer this season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
With free agency winding down, it doesn't appear Ferrell has many, if any, significant suitors. Taking the qualifying offer this year will allow him to re-join free agency as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019, when more teams will have cap room and he could garner better offers. He saw 27.8 minutes per game last season -- 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists -- but could see his workload decline with Dennis Smith being a year older and the team adding a top prospect in Luka Doncic.
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