Ferrell discusses why he backed out of deal with Mavericks

Yogi Ferrell initially agreed to a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, but backed out of that agreement and signed with the Sacramento Kings instead.

Ferrell agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Kings. The second year of Ferrell’s contract is non-guaranteed.

The 25-year-old was a guest on The Jim Rome Show and discussed why he had a change of heart after initially making an agreement with Dallas.

“I decided I needed the chance in my career,” Ferrell said. “With my style of play, I feel like it fits better with the Kings than the Mavericks.”

Dallas reportedly told Ferrell he’d occupy the backup shooting guard spot when he made the verbal agreement to re-sign with the club. It’s unclear the exact role Ferrell will have in Sacramento.

Ferrell joins the Kings after spending most of the last two seasons with the Mavericks. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists this past season while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from three.

“[Mark] Cuban, he was the one that gave me my first opportunity in the league,” Ferrell said. “Coach [Rick] Carlisle is a great coach. When he first put me in, I’ll never forget my first practice he told me I was gonna start. The next day we were playing the Spurs, so everything was coming pretty quickly. I was fortunate they were able to put me in the position that they were in. There were no hard feelings.”