The Brooklyn Nets requested waivers for Yogi Ferrell on Thursday. Their roster now stands at 14.
The Brooklyn Nets announced Thursday afternoon that they waived rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell played in 10 games for the Nets, averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game. This move brings the Nets’ roster down to 14 players.
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Prior to signing with the Nets on November 9, Ferrell played for the Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. The former Indiana Hoosier participated in Summer League and the preseason with the Nets, and was impressive in both. He was called up to Brooklyn likely due to the Nets’ lack of depth at point guard.
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On Monday, the Nets assigned Ferrell to the D-League. This move didn’t come as a surprise because Brooklyn has emphasized its use of the D-League this season. Other players, Chris McCullough and Anthony Bennett, have played for both Long Island and Brooklyn.
While playing for Long Island on Monday, Ferrell sprained his right ankle, and was ruled out for Monday’s loss to the Wizards. The severity of the injury was never disclosed, and initially, he was marked as questionable for last night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old point guard’s status was later updated to available for the game, but he did not leave the Nets’ bench.
Ferrell’s assignment to the D-League on Monday came in light of the revelation that rookie Caris LeVert has been cleared to play. LeVert made his Nets debut last night and finished the game scoreless, but notched an impressive three steals in the win. While the Nets continue to play without star point guard Jeremy Lin, waiving Ferrell, and playing LeVert could be some indication of the Nets’ plans moving forward.
With still no timetable for Lin’s return, it appears that the Nets will continue to depend on Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick running the point. LeVert remains as another option, as his versatility makes him a viable option anywhere from the one to the three.