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Dallas Mavericks handing reins to Yogi Ferrell, buy out Deron Williams

After some trade deadline day moves, the Mavericks are looking a lot younger, more fun, and more like Yogi Ferrell’s team.

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The Dallas Mavericks made arguably the biggest move on NBA trade deadline, then followed it up by handing over the team to Yogi Ferrell.

Hours after trading away Andrew Bogut for young forward Nerlens Noel, the Mavs bought out the contract of Deron Williams, officially making Ferrell the starting point guard.

Yogi’s rise into the NBA has been well-documented both here and across the internet. The Mavericks made a very clear statement of what they thought of Ferrell by offering him a two-year deal midway through his first 10-day contract.

However, Thursday’s move might be their loudest move yet in regards to the team’s love for Ferrell. Buying out Williams, who was making $9 million, was certainly not a cheap investment into the team’s future.

Also intriguingly, the Mavericks dealt Andrew Bogut for Noel, a move that both makes them younger and also could help benefit Ferrell. Noel is one of the top young defensive big men in the league and will help anchor things defensively in Dallas.

Offensively, he’s known as a great pick-and-roll player and excellent at finishing lobs. IU fans are certainly familiar with how great Ferrell can be out of the pick-and-roll and with shooters like Wesley Matthews and Seth Curry spotting up around him, the Mavericks will certainly be one of the more fun teams to watch in the second-half of the season.