Per Shams Charania of the Athletic, the Clippers are planning to sign guard Yogi Ferrell after he clears health and safety protocols related to COVID-19 sometime next week. However, Andrew Greif of the LA Times stated shortly thereafter that he’s just one of a few options that the Clippers will consider signing.
Presumably, the Ferrell signing is in response to the news that Pat Beverley will be out 3-4 weeks with a fractured hand. With Rajon Rondo taking a veteran, rest-heavy approach, the Clippers will be short on guard depth, making a deep reserve point guard of value. Considering how much DeMarcus Cousins has been discussed by the Clippers’ front office, coaching staff, and broadcast partners, he will likely be re-upped, making the rookie Malik Fitts a “victim” of the roster crunch. At least Fitts got a few minutes on Friday, meaning he’s an officially an NBA player.
If the Clippers do sign Ferrell, they will be picking up a veteran who has appeared in 251 NBA games (with 53 starts) across five seasons, with most of his time spent in Sacramento in Dallas. Ferrell will be 28 next month, and played in two games for the Cavs this season. He has career averages of 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game (across 20.4 minutes), and his strongest attributes are low turnover rate, some scoring punch, and solid (36.7%) outside shooting.
Whether the Clippers bring on Ferrell or another veteran guard, it’s unlikely that they will play much. Reggie Jackson will continue to start, with Rajon Rondo absorbing significant minutes in the games he does play. Terance Mann and Luke Kennard deserve playing time as well, which means this 10-day roster spot is for depth/injury/foul trouble purposes only.
Still, it’s good to see the Clippers being active on the free agent market and bulking up depth to help provide further rest and respite for key players down the stretch of the season. Welcome (maybe?) to the Clippers Yogi Ferrell!