NBA: Kings retain Ferrell, release Mason

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jul 05 2019 07:59 AM

The Sacramento Kings opted for Yogi Ferrell over Frank Mason III on Thursday.

Sacramento announced it had waived Mason on the day in which it had to release Ferrell if it didn't want to be on the hook for his $3.15 million contract for the 2019-20 season.

That makes Ferrell the third point guard at the moment behind standout starter De'Aaron Fox and recently signed reserve Cory Joseph.

Ferrell, 26, averaged 5.9 points and 1.9 assists in 71 games (three starts) last season in his first campaign with the Kings. His scoring average was 10.2 one season earlier, when he played 82 games (21 starts) for the Dallas Mavericks.

Mason, 25, averaged 5.1 points in 38 games last season. That was a dropoff from his rookie season, in which he averaged 7.9 points in 52 games (two starts).

Mason expressed appreciation for having played for the Kings, commenting on his Twitter feed.

"@SacramentoKings thanks for allowing my dreams to come true," Mason wrote." "It was truly a blessing to be apart of the organization. Excellent group of guys in the front office and a special coaching staff you guys bought along. Amazing training staff and strength & Conditioning Coach."

Mason is expected to play for the Kings' summer league team while he looks for other employment opportunities.

--Field Level Media

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