Yogi Ferrell fast-tracks NBA career by seizing opportunity with Mavs

Yogi Ferrell’s name has been famous for a long time, but he made his own presence felt while electrifying crowds at Indiana.

Now, the rookie Mavericks point guard is trying to make his way in the NBA, where 6-foot players aren’t often successful.

Ferrell, an undrafted free agent in 2016, signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks (18-30) last week, and he has responded by helping Dallas win two games — against the Spurs and Cavaliers. Ferrell has averaged 14.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game during that time, and head coach Rick Carlisle has noticed.

The Thunder already made a serious upgrade by adding Paul George via trade to pair with 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, but snagging Anthony from the Knicks would create a formidable “Big Three” in OKC. It could also unleash the Olympics version of Anthony at the power forward spot in specific lineups.

However, as intriguing as the basketball fit may be, a trade between the Thunder and Knicks doesn’t make much sense. The Thunder don’t have much to offer in exchange for Anthony. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were sent to the Pacers in the George deal. Steven Adams signed an extension last October, plus he’s more valuable than Anthony at this point in his career, so he isn’t leaving. Enes Kanter is an expensive big man the Knicks likely wouldn’t want as a key piece of a trade package.

If the Thunder are serious about adding Anthony, a third team will need to help out. Of course, Anthony still holds that valuable no-trade clause and can veto any move he doesn’t like. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Anthony remains focused on heading to Houston.

A trio of Westbrook, George and Anthony would be highly entertaining. It’s just not realistic at this point.

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