The Dallas Mavericks keep losing guards to injury … so they keep handing out 10-day contracts to plug the gaps.
The latest planned signee is Yogi Ferrell, the 6-0, 175-pound point guard from Indiana University who has been up and down this season with the Brooklyn Nets and their D-League affiliate in Long Island.
Ferrell — who had a draft-time workout with Dallas last summer — got his chance with Brooklyn when they lost Jeremy Lin and two other guards to injury. He’d previously been with the Nets in Summer League and in training camp.
Mavs boss Donnie Nelson tells DB.com the Ferrell deal is agreed to.
We're told by sources that Yogi is the winner here ... but the Mavs -- led by Donnie Nelson and Michael Finley as the decision-makers (an interesting sidebar, we think) -- considered five other names as well.
*Quinn Cook, the D-League star playing in Canton and formerly of Duke
*Manny Harris, the outstanding member of the Mavs' D-League team
*Phil Pressey, the DFW native and young NBA vet most recently with Santa Cruz of the D-League
*Briante Weber of the D-League Sioux Falls team (who had a 10-day with Memphis last year)
*Ray McCallum of Grand Rapids of the D-League, a former second-round pick of the Kings
At the D-League level he’s averaged 18.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. In 10 games with Brooklyn, Ferrell posted averages of 5.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game.
The Mavs are 16-30, reason enough to take a look at prospects. But the motivation here is largely due to need. Dallas is presently dealing with injuries to Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, JJ Barea and now Pierre Jackson, who is on his second 10-day contract but was injured in Thursday’s loss at OKC.
In his four-year career with the Hoosiers, Ferrell became a top-ten all-time performer in career scoring, assists, field goals made, three-pointers made, and career games played. … and never missed a game.
The Mavs play at San Antonio on Sunday and play host to the Cavs on Monday. As DB.com was first to report, they are assigning Nico Brussino and AJ Hammons to the Texas Legends for tonight’s D-League game in Frisco … where more 10-day-contract talent may await.