The Brooklyn Nets have signed undrafted point guard Yogi Ferrell to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, reports Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.
Brooklyn Nets & former Indiana All-American point guard Yogi Ferrell have agreed to a 1-year, partially guaranteed deal, per league sources.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 22, 2016
Although the Nets currently have Jeremy Lin, Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead, and Greivis Vasquez under contract — or, everybody that may conceivably play some point guard this season — the front office is still interested in keeping the All-American around. Ferrell struggled at times in Summer League, but has shown flashes of the same game that made the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas an All-Star last season.
As Ryan Carbain wrote this week, Ferrell averaged 8.8 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 17 minutes a game for the Nets during Summer League. In our evaluation, the undersized guard, at times, looked like the team’s most able distributor, demonstrating both the speed and vision required of a could-be professional guard. Still, he struggled with both turnovers and outside shot, as he hit at just .18% beyond the arc.
At this point, the chances of Ferrell making this season’s roster outright are low, but Brooklyn can certainly make him a member of the Long Island Nets, the organization’s new D-League team. Since the team will practice right at the new HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, head coach Kenny Atkinson and his staff will get plenty of looks at Ferrell as he begins his professional career.