Brooklyn Nets: Yogi Ferrell to Join Long Island Nets
After being waived by the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, guard Yogi Ferrell will reportedly join the Long Island Nets in the D-League.
The Brooklyn Nets had a tough decision to make when it came down to reducing the roster to 15 players. Ultimately, Yogi Ferrell was the last cut, and as of now Brooklyn currently has their 15-man roster set.
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Ferrell didn’t make the Opening Night roster, but luckily for the Nets he will remain in close proximity.
According to NBA reporter David Pick, Ferrell will play for Brooklyn’s affiliate, the Long Island Nets, in the D-League.
I can confirm that Yogi Ferrell will play with Brooklyn's D-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) October 22, 2016
By having Ferrell with Long Island, the Nets could, in theory, recall Ferrell if necessary. Brooklyn and Long Island are in a unique position this season. The Long Island Nets will practice and play their home games at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center until renovations are finished on the Nassau Coliseum, which is expected to be ready for the 2017-18 season.
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In the mean time, though, the Nets and their staff will continue to keep a close eye on the D-League team, including Ferrell, and monitor their progress. The Nets are expected to send players to Long Island at various points this season. Isaiah Whitehead should see time in the D-League, as could Chris McCullough. There has even been speculation that Brooklyn’s first-round pick, Caris LeVert, could begin his career with Long Island. LeVert is working his way back from a foot injury.
If, at some point, the Nets want to recall Ferrell, it would be extremely convenient with him playing for Long Island. Whether it’s with the Nets, or another team, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ferrell get another shot in the NBA in the future.
Ferrell stayed at Indiana for four years, gaining valuable experience along the way. If he is able to produce in the D-League, the Nets and other teams will surely take notice. Ferrell’s NBA journey may have been put on hold when he was waived, but it’s absolutely possible that the Nets will come calling at some point this season.