Despite going undrafted, point guard Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Yogi Ferrell of Indiana has reached agreement on a free-agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league source tells The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2016
The deal for Ferrell will likely be essentially a training camp invite with the deal being for one-year with a partial guarantee.
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
For Ferrell, the deal gives him a chance to prove himself in the pre-season, which is about all he can ask for from an NBA team. However, his work will be cut out for him in Brooklyn with Jeremy Lin, Randy Foye and Greivis Vasquez being signed this summer and Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead drafted this season as well.
If Ferrell can't make the 15-man roster, he will likely join the Nets' D-League team, giving him a chance to continue to grow his game and hopefully impress the Nets for a potential future call-up.
At the Las Vegas Summer League, Ferrell impressed despite not having a good shooting performance. Ferrell shot just 2-for-11 from behind the arc, but still finished his four-game stint averaging 8.8 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds. His play-making ability was evident, setting up teammates countless times with open looks and layups.
Maybe most importantly, Ferrell wasn't a liability defensively, though that is aided by playing against fellow undersized guards in Kay Felder and Kevin Pangos in two of the team's games.
Nonetheless, Ferrell will have a shot this pre-season to play for a Nets team void of talent, which is likely the best case scenario after going undrafted.