Storyline: Yogi Ferrell Free Agency

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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.”
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Becky Hammon continues to move up the NBA coaching ladder, making history along the way. “[Pop] isn’t one to play games. If he didn’t think I was qualified, I wouldn’t be sitting there,” Hammon said. “Obviously, I’m grateful for the opportunity. It’s been a long time. I was four years behind the bench, even five years before that with my knee surgery, rehabbing, being in their meetings and being a part of everything.”