Reports: Ferrell, Mejri get qualifying offers from Mavericks
NBA.com Global on Jun 28, 2018 07:20 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 12: Yogi Ferrell #11 of the Dallas Mavericks looks to pass against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 12, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks seemingly made sure on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that three of their young players would be restricted free agents. But in a change of events, only two of those three will reportedly maintain that status.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Mavs had given guard Yogi Ferrell a qualifying offer. The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko also reported the Ferrell deal and that the Mavs had given qualifying offers to guard forward Doug McDermott and center Salah Mejri, too.
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.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2018
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.— Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) June 26, 2018
Those plans have changed, though, reports ESPN's Zach Lowe, as the Mavs have pulled McDermott's qualifying offer:
In a quick turnaround, the Mavericks have withdrawn their qualifying offer to Doug McDermott, league sources say. They still have interest in retaining him, but this makes it easier to clear his ~$10M cap hold. Also makes him an unrestricted free agent, broadening his market.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 27, 2018
The reported qualifying offers for Mejri and Ferrell ensures that the Mavs can now match any offer they receive. Sefko also reported on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) that the move essentially protects the Mavericks' young assets:
They have not, however, picked up the option on Dirk Nowitzki's contract. This is believed to be a formality. He signed a two-year deal last summer for $5-million each season, with 2018-19 at the Mavericks' option.
They are believed to be strongly hoping to bring back Ferrell and perhaps McDermott. Mejri had some difficult times last season and the jury is out on whether the Mavericks will keep him. As always, money will be a major factor.
The Mavericks have several other key dates upcoming. On July 5, Doriean Finney-Smith will become a $1.5-million cap hold if he is not waived and Kyle Collinsworth will have $100,000 of his $1.4-million contract for next season guaranteed if he is not waived.
Ferrell averaged 10.2 points per game in 82 appearances for the Mavs this season, including 21 starts. McDermott averaged 9 ppg and shot 49.4 percent on 3-pointers in 26 games with Dallas after being acquired on Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) from the New York Knicks as part of a three-team trade. Mejri averaged 3.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.1 bpg in 61 games for the Mavs.