January 28, 10:35 am: The Mavs have officially signed Ferrell, tweets Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
January 27, 9:00 pm: The Mavericks have waived Jackson, opening the door for the addition of Ferrell, head coach Rick Carlisle confirmed today (link via The Dallas Morning News).
2:40 pm: Dallas will sign Ferrell to a 10-day deal, a source tells Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link).
2:30 pm: The Mavericks will bring in Yogi Ferrell for an audition with an eye on signing him to a 10-day deal, Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com reports (Twitter link). The team currently doesn’t have an open roster spot, so a corresponding move would have to take place.
Dallas re-signed Pierre Jackson to a second 10-day contract on Wednesday, but the point guard injured his hamstring in Thursday’s loss to the Thunder. The team could waive him before his 10-day contract is up, though the team would still owe Jackson the full amount of the contract, or it could simply let the deal expire next week in order to free up a roster spot. The Mavs will play in four more games before Jackson’s deal is scheduled to expire.
If Dallas wants to re-sign Jackson once that deal expires, it will have to be for the rest of the season. League rules prevent teams from giving more than two 10-day contracts to any player in a given season and with Jackson already receiving two such deals, Ferrell’s audition could be foreshadowing Jackson’s eventual departure.
The Mavs could take other paths to opening up a roster spot, such as waiving a player or trading a player without receiving one in return. The team is reportedly shopping Andrew Bogut, and Dana Gauruder of Hoops Rumors profiled the big man as a trade candidate earlier in the month.
Dallas is having trouble keeping its point guards on the court. Deron Williams missed the Thunder game with a sprained toe. J.J. Barea remains out with a calf injury and Jackson could miss time with his hamstring woes. If Jackson or Williams can’t play on Sunday versus the Spurs, the team may need to add some outside help sooner than later.
Ferrell played 10 games for Brooklyn earlier in the season, where he dished out a total of 17 assists while coughing up 14 turnovers before the team waived him. Since then, he’s been playing for the Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.