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Report: Danny Ferry frontrunner for Sixers GM job

Jun 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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We told you earlier today that the Sixers had started early with the search to replace current front office decision maker Rod Thorn (he plans to step into a part time position after his contract is up next summer). Interviews have already started.

And there is a front-runner, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on twitter.

Danny Ferry is the frontrunner to replace Rod Thorn as 76ers GM, league sources told Y! Sports. Doug Collins is pushing Ferry’s candidacy.

You would think the voice of Collins would carry weight with the new ownership group.

A former Duke and NBA player, Ferry was the general manager in Cleveland when LeBron James was there and while that team reached the finals he struggled to build a real contending team around LeBron. There were hits and misses, and he became under increasing pressure to make a big hit move to keep LeBron happy, something that he was unable to do.

The question is how much do you blame Ferry for that — he comes out of the Spurs before that — and how much do you blame the culture at the Cavaliers under owner Dan Gilbert?

Because they have time, don’t expect a quick decision in Philly.

  1. TheSTN - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Absolute no-brainer. Ferry is a VERY highly regarded executive in the NBA with a successful track record as a player and GM. This would be a brilliant move by the 76ers. The fact of the matter is Ferry should still be the GM of the Cavs if not for a meddling owner who enabled a prima-donna ‘superstar’ just to keep him in Cleveland.

    I promise you Dan Gilbert wishes Danny Ferry was still his top basketball man.

    • rocklancaster - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Danny Ferry and absolute no-brainer is redundant. “A successful track record as a player and GM.” You’re a laugh. A lousy player, an absolutely atrocious GM. A pathetic joke.

    • rocklancaster - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      I missed that last funny sentence. Pal, Gilbert fired the schmuck, although technically it was labeled for the media as a “resignation” because there were still three weeks remaining on his contract. Ferry was gone, Gilbert has said as much. It’s probably the only correct thing Gilbert has done during his seven years of unintentional comedy.

  2. davidcl77 - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    He was awful for the Cavs and he’ll be awful for the 76’ers.

  3. beaverdam21 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Could someone dredge up Danny Ferry’s lifetime NBA scoring average? Also anyone in DC want to weigh in on his father’s tenure as GM for Bullets/Wizards/whichever they were then?

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