Mike Fisher: Source tells DBcom that #Mavs intend to br…

Mike Fisher: Source tells DBcom that #Mavs intend to bring back guard Yogi Ferrell. (We don’t yet know which cap tool/$).

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Eddie Sefko: Salah Mejri has agreed to one-year deal for the minimum, according to Priority sports and other sources. Nothing yet on Yogi Ferrell, but he's a favorite of the Mavericks and odds are good something gets worked out.
Albert Nahmad: Mavs will enter the free agency with the ability to create up to $28M of cap room ($30M if they rescind Yogi Ferrell’s qualifying offer). They can repay Dirk for declining his $5M team option with, at a minimum, a two-year $9M R-MLE deal.
Eddie Sefko: The Mavericks have extended offer sheets to Yogi Ferrell, Doug McDermott and Salah Mejri, making all of them restricted free agents on July 1. Deadline for each is Friday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Dallas has tendered a qualifying offer to guard Yogi Ferrell and he'll become a restricted free agent on July 1, league source tells ESPN.
"I want to be here," he said. "And I think they want me to be here. I'm just going to wait and see how it works out." Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last season, his second with the Mavericks. The Mavericks have said they hope to retain Ferrell.
The Mavericks are hedging their bets that Ferrell, who eventually signed a two-year contract with Dallas, can be their starting point guard for many years to come. By waiving Williams, that process stats immediately. So what exactly are the Mavericks expecting from Ferrell, who turns 24 on May 9? “Continued improvement, continued aggression, continue to get integrated more and more into the mentality we like to play with,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s going to have a lot of tough defensive assignments along the way. “There’s a lot of good players coming in at the point guard position, and he’s going to have the responsibility of playing those guys, at least why he’s a starter.”
“He’s on pace to have one of the greatest 10 days of all time,” forward Harrison Barnes said. “He’s just playing with so much heart. And offensively and defensively, he’s had some tough match-ups. But he’s brought it every single night and the guy is giving us a chance.”
Olimpia Milano is on the market for this season, as confirmed by the General Manager Flavio Portaluppi, but the Italian reigning champions are also planning for the future. One of the players that EA7 is following is Yogi Ferrell.
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell, who originally signed with Brooklyn on August 5, appeared in three preseason games with the Nets, recording averages of 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.
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Where do you feel you rank among the top point guards in the game? Ja Morant: Top 5. If you’re Top 5, who else is there with you? Ja Morant: Morant: Steph (Curry). I’m a big Chris Paul fan. I’d say Dame (Lillard) and (Russell) Westbrook. It’s tough. The point guard position is so loaded. Some guys have to get left out.
Your teammate, Jaren Jackson Jr., was the No. 2 breakout player, according to a poll of 15 NBA executives I did for HoopsHype. What do you expect from a healthy Jaren this season? Ja Morant: To me, personally, I think he’s No. 1 if he’s healthy. He’s been battling some injuries that set him back. A healthy Jaren is definitely the number one breakout player this season. He’s just a special talent that’s gifted. He’s 7-foot-1, can shoot the three, can put it on the floor, and can play inside. He does so much on the floor. As long as he stays healthy, which we need him to be, he’s definitely number one.
What do you think of Dillon Brooks as a defender and as a player overall for this team? Ja Morant: Dillon is an important piece to this team offensively and defensively. I’ve been saying a lot now that I feel like he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his defense, especially against some of the top guys. Some of them probably won’t admit it, but I feel like most of the games when they struggled, Dillon was guarding them. Soon, that’ll come that he gets his respect for that. Offensively, how he’s able to score the ball from all three levels is big-time for us.
Speaking of locker rooms, what are the expectations in the locker room for the Grizzlies this season? Where do you guys think you can compete on what type of level? Ja Morant: I feel like we can compete with the top teams in this league. We all have that mindset, and this chip on our shoulder we go out and play with each and every night. Now, it’s continuing to buy in and keep gelling as a team and getting better with chemistry. Having more guys step up and talk who’ve been in the game for a while to help the young guys come along. Our goal this year is to continue to be better in all areas and better than we were last year.