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Blazers considering Ferry for GM position

Jun 26, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

The Portland Trail Blazers fired GM Kevin Pritchard Thursday night after three years in which he led the Blazers from utter disaster to one of the most promising core of players in the league. He was fired despite being known for “winning” nearly ever transaction he was involved in and being one step ahead of the rest of the front offices in the NBA.

The Blazers may be looking to replace him with a man that somehow managed to not win a championship with the best player in basketball, despite an open checkbook to accomplish that goal.

ESPN reports the Blazers are interested in former Cavs GM Danny Ferry for their open general manager position.

Ferry led the Cavs to the Finals in 2007, and multiple 60+ win seasons. But he did so despite having the MVP LeBron James on roster and having the authority to spend what he needed to in order to win a championship. Ferry is widely considered shrewd, but unable to land the marquee deal, repeatedly failing to capitalize on opportunities given with long-term expiring contracts.

For example, he opted for Wally Sczerbiak as a marquee shooter for LeBron, Ben Wallace as a defensive stopper (despite his offensive liabilities) and Shaquille O’Neal as the Big Kahuna he caught. Then he made the big trade that netted Antawn Jamison instead of Amar’e Stoudemire. It was the right move at the time. It also probably resulted in his firing, as Jamison was unable to capitalize on what he was brought in to do against the Boston Celtics.

Ferry did deliver multiple 60+ win seasons, but has proven to be the opposite of Kevin Pritchard, opting for the safe move instead of swinging for the fences. Is that really what the Blazers need, with an injury prone roster and Brandon Roy as their only real star? We’ll find out if he lands the Blazers gig.

  1. Kirk - Jun 27, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    While Ferry gets my vote as the most over rated player in NBA history; I think he did a pretty good job w/the team he assembled. Did he make mistakes ? Tough for someone like yourself who never has to understand. The point you fail to make is WHO is a better candidate ???

  2. Dave Reed, Portland, OR - Jun 27, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    Blazers had the BEST GM in basketball and chose to fire him for what? Being good at his job and getting credit.

  3. Drew - Jun 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    I think the criticism of Ferry is unfair. Most people thought the moves he made were good at the time. Hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to say they were poor moves after the fact. Remember, the Cavs were the favorites AGAIN to win the championship going into the playoffs this year (just like last year). Mo Williams was thought to be a great fit who could take the load off Lebron. Jamison was supposed to help spread the floor. Shaq was supposed to be a presence in the middle. On paper, it looked pretty good. It didn’t work out.
    Bryan Colangelo is in the same position with the Raptors. He made some moves that seemed spectacular last summer only to have the pieces blow up during the season. Is it because he’s a bad GM? I don’t think so. I think some things on paper just don’t translate in reality for many reasons.

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