Atlanta Hawks: Danny Ferry hired as GM

Update: The Hawks today hired Danny Ferry to be the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager.

The Hawks signed Ferry to a six-year contract.

“My family and I are thrilled to join the Hawks organization and Atlanta community,” Ferry said in a statement. “There were many components that made this the right fit for me but clearly my confidence in the ownership group and their dedication to building a championship-caliber franchise was most important. They are committed to building with the right people and investing in critical areas for development; both essential elements if we want to create sustained success. “

Ferry succeeds Rick Sund, Atlanta’s GM since 2008. Ferry said he would work alongside Sund over the next month, after which Sund could remain with the organization in a some role. Sund has expressed an interest in remaining with the Hawks as a consultant.

Ferry said he would collaborate with Sund and the rest of the basketball staff in preparation for Thursday’s draft. Ferry said he hoped to reach a consensus on which players the Hawks would select but that the decision ultimately would be his.

Ferry, who played in 917 NBA games from 1990-91 to 2003-03, was most recently vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. He was general manager for the Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010, where he was charged with building a roster around LeBron James.

Ferry had been in discussions with the 76ers about becoming their general manager with Rod Thorn stepping down soon.

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523 comments Add your comment

Blodus

June 24th, 2012
4:49 pm

First!!!!!!!! Boooooo

Blodus

June 24th, 2012
4:51 pm

Is Gearon ashamed of his work with the franchise that he never wants to talk about it?

Rico Niles

June 24th, 2012
4:54 pm

It’s about D$#%#M Time! Let’s Go Hawks!!!

Rico Niles

June 24th, 2012
4:55 pm

At least we know what kind of Team Ferry will construct, how they will play, and it is not ISO basketball.

Bruce

June 24th, 2012
4:57 pm

Gearon has nothing to say now that the Hawks are not one of three teams to make it to the second round for however many years he was always stating.

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
4:59 pm

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:02 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski is as credible a source as there is.

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:03 pm

MC

I`m not saying you are not a good source.
Only validating your source !

northcyde

June 24th, 2012
5:06 pm

I honestly have no problem with this. Sund was a perpetual loser who was a cheap hire. At least with Ferry, we can say that we have a guy that has been in a championship level front office that excels on finding “diamond in the rough” type talent late in the 1st round and in the 2nd round of the draft. But then again, they’re also coached by one of the greatest coaches of all time that knows how to bring out that talent.

So I guess now the Hawks are trying to follow the “San Antonio Model”.

I want Ferry to have TOTAL CONTROL over the front office decisions though. No interference from Gearon or Levinston. Just let Ferry do his job to try to construct a winner here.

Hopefully Ferry takes the job, and get Sund outta here.

Buddy Grizzard

June 24th, 2012
5:06 pm

“Buddy Grizzard, if this is (indeed) true (that the Hawks have offered the GM job to Danny Ferry), then the “bust” for the 2012-2013 regular season has already occurred (before it [the regular season] has started).”

High-Sider, please tell us why you arrived at this opinion. I would like to hear what criticisms you have of Ferry that convince you that somebody who was twice a member of the best front office in professional sports (San Antonio) is a sure bust as GM of the Hawks.

High-sider

June 24th, 2012
5:07 pm

The same guy (Danny Ferry) that couldn’t build around LeBron James in Cleveland?

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:09 pm

My son and I just talked.

We decided – this is the best Hawk news since;
drafting Al Horford.
*[Horford overshadowed sacking Wdsn]
**(due to replacing Wdsn with LD)

Dang – I`m Happy – Now … git `er done !

Please, Please, Please – don`t mess this up.

Edward

June 24th, 2012
5:10 pm

The only problem the Hawks don’t have a player or players to build around.

BNH (Bad News Hawks)

June 24th, 2012
5:11 pm

As GM of the Cavs, Ferry surrounded Lebron James with the likes of Sebatian Telfair, Delonte West, Mo Williams, a 34-year-old Antawn Jamison and later a 39-year-old Shaq, eventually forcing James to leave the organization. Forgive me if I don’t get too excited about Ferry coming to ATL.

BIG DOG

June 24th, 2012
5:12 pm

With the hire of a new GM do that mean LD will be fired ?

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:13 pm

H-S

They went to the NBA Finals in his 3rd season;
then the next two seasons:
won 60 games twice !

He has the background, he has the resume.

What ?

You want more of Sund ?

Give it up High-Sider / this is a good day;;;;;
-if `n-
they finish the deal.

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:15 pm

Prediction:
LD is promoted within the organization.

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steve brown

June 24th, 2012
5:20 pm

This news story began on Friday without any notice from the AJC. This is disgraceful coverage of Atlanta sports and whoever is responsible should be removed from his or hers job.

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:20 pm

I’ll take Ferry over Sund right now. The challenge is will Ferry just stand pat with our roster?

I don’t want him just to come in and observe like the last 4 years.

If you get him in before the draft, perhaps he has some input as to the player he covets.

I won’t knock all his moves, because at least he was willing to make moves. His shot at Amare may have been the one to save him in Cleveland.

Well, you gotta start somewhere, and moving Sund into a rocking chair works for me.

Shamrock

June 24th, 2012
5:24 pm

know what you Hawks fans need? Is for the weak ### dude Najeh to stop blogging like he knows whats going on. Maybe after he quits rubbing on 10 year old little boys behinds he will have some knowledge. Go Celtics!

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:25 pm

“So I guess now the Hawks are trying to follow the “San Antonio Model”.

Not a done deal yet; it could be all smoke and Ferry wanting to go to Philly or LAC.

Can you imagine the negotiations/limitations that Gearon/Levenson is trying to put in place should Ferry accept?

This should be the first of many shakeups in the front office. They haven’t exactly hit with any 2nd rounders in recent memory. I think Solomon Jones was the last long timer to stick, or perhaps Stoudemire.

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:27 pm

BNH (Bad News Hawks)

Jamison was 33 when he went to the Cavs;
one yr older than P.Pierce, who is still kickin`.
By the way – Shaq avg 18 & 10 (per 36 min)

Oh yeah – LBJ quit vs the Celts that yr.

I reckon that was Ferry`s fault.

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:28 pm

MC, with this news and the draft upcoming, is there any news about a Hawks draft party ongoing? I have seen nothing this year.

Have we fallen that far off the radar? The ASG is making the Falcons look like they have a clue.

I remember the BK draft when he brought in Boris Diaw. The crowd just went silent. They had no idea where Boris came from. Obviously, BK had his own secret workouts unbeknownst to the media. :)

Shamrock

June 24th, 2012
5:29 pm

B

June 24th, 2012
5:31 pm

What does this have to do with football?

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:32 pm

I`m not gonna defend DF anymore:
Anyone who comes on here today and criticizes
this [attempted hire] … is an Anal Minded Moron !

*(please get this done)*

With all due respect to Ken Strickland.

kuhndog

June 24th, 2012
5:32 pm

What position does Ferry play,he doesn’t play on the court so who cares.I know it matters to some degree but it is impact players we need that wont fold under pressure not suit and ties that make business decisions,though that matters it seems to be the only highlight of this off season. That is pretty poor.

Dawg

June 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

I hope that Ferry knows how to sell draft picks. We will need the cash soon.

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:35 pm

“B

June 24th, 2012
5:31 pm
What does this have to do with football?”

Marketing and promotion….that’s the tie-in here.

Buddy Grizzard

June 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

So after Najeh detailed all the horrible moves the Cavs made before and after the drafting of LeBron James that destroyed any chance of building a talented roster around him, I wanted to know if Danny Ferry was responsible for any of those moves. Then Sautee posted that Ferry actually had an excellent draft record with CLE, finding late first round gems.

So I did a little research and discovered that most of the horrible moves CLE made before and during the LeBron era were made by Jim Paxson, who now serves as a consultant to the Bulls, where is brother John Paxson is VP of Basketball Operations. Jim Paxson, was Cavs GM from 1999 until April 2005. His tenure there was a commedy of errors as the Cavs recorded a 185-307 record.

1999: Andre Miller (8th); Trajan Langdon (11th)

2000: Jamal Crawford (8th) traded with cash to CHI for 7th pick Chris Mihm

2001: DeSagana Diop (8th); missed on Joe Johnson (10th)

2002: Dajuan Wagner (6th); missed on Amare Stoudamire (9th)

July 30th, 2002, CLE trades Andre Miller and Bryant Stith to LAC for Darius Miles and Harold Jamison. This was after a season in which Miller averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 assists.

2003: LeBron James

2004: Luke Jackson (10th); missed on Al Jefferson (15th), Josh Smith (17th). This would be the last lottery pick of the LeBron James era.

On June 27th, 2005, Danny Ferry was hired as GM by CLE. The 2005 NBA Draft was held at MSG on June 28th, the next day.

2005: No pick, 1997 three team trade among PHX, CLE and DEN in which CLE obtained Wesley Person and Tony Dumas.

In 2005-06, Cleveland went 50-32 and went to the playoffs for the first time in 7 years.

2006: Shannon Brown (25th)

2007: No first round pick. BOS obtained this pick from Cleveland on Feb. 24th, 2005 for Jiri Welsch in one of Jim Paxson’s final acts as GM. Cleveland also owned Toronto’s 2007 first round pick, but traded it to Charlotte on June 23rd, 2004 for Sasha Pavlovic.

2008: J.J. Hickson (19th)

2009: Christian Eyenga (30th)

2010: No pick (traded 30th pick to WAS for Antawn Jamison)

Now that I know the facts, I think Danny Ferry is a brilliant hire. After he stepped down as Cavs GM, San Antonio didn’t hesitate one moment to bring him back into the best front office in professional sports. I wanted the Hawks to get somebody from the SA or OKC front office, and if they reach a contract agreement with Ferry, they will have done it. This may prove even better than hiring Dennis Lindsey or Troy weaver due to the inexperience of those GM prospects. Ferry has served admirably in the pressure cooker that was CLE prior to “The Decision,” and he did a credible job of adding talent despite never making a single lottery pick for CLE.

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:38 pm

From Chris Broussard:
“Sund’s contract ends on June 30 and, sources say, he is not interested in returning for a fifth year as the Hawks’ GM.”

For once, I am in agreement with one Rick Sund. Don’t let the porch door hit you on the way out!

Buddy Grizzard

June 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

“Can you imagine the negotiations/limitations that Gearon/Levenson is trying to put in place should Ferry accept?” – KevinM

Kevin, rumor has it that Ferry preferred the Hawks position over PHI because Hawks owners were willing to give him more autonomy. In PHI, coach Doug Collins is seeking to have final say over the GM they hire. The GM in PHI would basically report to Collins.

terrell

June 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

Another evaluation year coming. Hope I’m wrong. Hopefully Ferry, or whoever they hire, has watched enough tape. Evaluation my a..

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

Nice review, Buddy, but Ferry did fall on the sword when LeBron left, so that told you what Cleveland felt about his track record. Oh yeah, they dropped Mike Brown as well. Ferry overlooked the fact that Orlando wasn’t the only East threat. Boston bit him in the arse.

Not against the Ferry hire at all. He will have a different animal to try and wrangle here.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

June 24th, 2012
5:44 pm

“Kevin, rumor has it that Ferry preferred the Hawks position over PHI because Hawks owners were willing to give him more autonomy.”

Autonomy with these owners involved? Lol. Same roster next year. *Yawn*

BIG DOG

June 24th, 2012
5:44 pm

Jeffery Taylor will be the Hawks pick at #23 if Fab Melo is drafted.

With Boston having pick #21 and #22 no way will the Celtics allow the Hawks to draft Melo.

So Melo with be a Celtics come draft day.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Buddy Grizzard

June 24th, 2012
5:45 pm

Grandad, as you know, facts have never deterred High-Sider.

KevinM

June 24th, 2012
5:48 pm

From Broussard: “The Atlanta position likley would give Ferry more power and autonomy, which is a critical factor in his decision, sources said.”

I see the word likely, but I will have to see it to believe it. If Sund didn’t have the needed power, who’s fault is that?

AL not too sharp TON

June 24th, 2012
5:49 pm

i demand we hire an african american, after all, its an african american sport

JSS

June 24th, 2012
5:51 pm

Shamrock, that is as sad of a post as some of crass garbage UGABugkiller, TS, and that moron TrueFalconFan drops on other blogs… You can disagree without being tacky!

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:52 pm

Our Hawks are actually in the News !

Grandad

June 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

well … not locally … but … ?

Buddy Grizzard

June 24th, 2012
5:56 pm

Kevin, I don’t see it as falling on the sword so much as abandoning a sinking Titanic. Ferry did what he could, but it wasn’t enough because of the disastrous term of Jim Paxson that preceded him. Ferry wasn’t able to make a lottery pick in 2005 because the Cav’s traded that pick way back in 1997 for Wesley Person (Paxson wasn’t promoted to GM until 1999).

Knowing that LeBron was gone, Ferry went back for a second term in the front office of San Antonio. Now, not only do the Hawks get an understudy of Popovich and R.C. Buford, they get an understudy who also has front line experience as a GM on a team that went to the finals.

Paddy

June 24th, 2012
6:14 pm

Blodus………no member of the ASG can go public.. They are so hated in this town, nobody believes a word they say. Best use of their time is finding new ownership. Only problem finding new ownership is, that guys with that knd of $ are really smart. I think the Atl fan are stuck with these guys for a long time

bama52

June 24th, 2012
6:15 pm

Keep Al Hordford,Josh Smith and Jeff Teague inplace. Bring Josh Chidress back. Trade Marvin Williams and draft good swingman. Free agent like Tashad Prince could help this team a lot.

Raemond

June 24th, 2012
6:19 pm

I can’t view this as a positive move since Ferry failed at bringing a credible number 2 to Cleveland. If you can’t build around the best player in the game, how can you build around this?

Astro Joe

June 24th, 2012
6:24 pm

Some of y’all are funny. Unlike the LD hire (which excited ore than a few around here, this is a MUCH better hire (even if it is about 6 weeks too late to have an immediate impact).

Good news (if it actually happens). But I would not expect to see many (if any) significant changes this summer. Heck, Ferry may not even have a role in next week’s draft. In theory, he has been evaluating prospects for the Spurs, but I don’t think they have a 1st round pick so he may not have spent a ton of time with the players in the 20-25 range. Yes, he probably has some knowledge, in case they made a trade but he likely hasn’t worked out 10-15 prospects that will be around when we make our selection. Anyway, back to the point… good long-term hire but we may not see much impact until closer to the trade deadline.

Ray

June 24th, 2012
6:30 pm

I’ll take this hire I feel it’s better step in the right direction

With BK we got Joe and Josh and for the time being J-Chills.
Plus Marvin, Shellhead, and a slew of other busts.

With Sund though We drafted Teague and resigned Zaza plus Horford.
But the list of blunders he’s made could almost be equal to Billy Knight.He resigned Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby(at the time it wasn’t too bad, but it was overpriced). Hired LD(One of the biggest mistakes).

Then he traded away Bibby, Mo Evans, JC2, and our draft pick for only Hinrich(overvalued) and Armstrong in return.

I don’t remember all of Billy Knights blunders off the top of my head, but you could argue sund did a worse job.

Still though have to see how this plays out.

tjhook

June 24th, 2012
6:32 pm

A lot of people want to slam Sund but he was not the problem. The only questionable deal he had was resigning Marvin Williams over Josh Childress (Joe Johnson and Bibby were owner and coach-driven deals). Otherwise, he helped improved a team that had a shaky coach in Larry Drew. Ferry – I judge him by the Cavs history more than the Spurs. The Spurs is all Popovich.

Ray

June 24th, 2012
6:34 pm

We did ask ASG to hire within a winning organization when searching for a GM and they did at least I’ll give them that much.

Now keep Josh Smith in place here at home give him the contract he deserves. If that means dealing the other 2 captains to do so although I’m supportive of keeping Al here.