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Danny Ferry takes offer, is new Atlanta Hawks GM

Jun 25, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

Danny Ferry AP

The report came a little out of left field Sunday night but now it is appears to be more than just a rumor.

Danny Ferry has accepted the offer to become the new Atlanta Hawks general manager, the team announced on its Web site Monday. Ferry will replace long-time GM Rick Sund, who stays on the job this week but will either retire or take a consultant’s role with the team on July 1.

Ferry is the current Spurs assistant GM who was in the big chair with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five years during the LeBron James era. He struggled to put a title team around James in Cleveland, although you can decide how much of that blame falls to ownership and its directions and orders.

Ferry has some challenges ahead of him with a roster that has long been good but not great. First there is Josh Smith, who has reportedly has asked for a trade. Then there’s the fact they have just six players under contract for next season. On the bright side he has a legit All-Star in Al Horford. On the down side he is saddled with Joe Johnson’s anchor of a contract.

This is reportedly a six-year deal, which suggests Hawks owners are not actively shopping the team any more.

  1. KIR - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Can someone please tell me what this guy has done to deserve another GM job?

    • bobulated - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      The sad truth is he will be one the more qualified GM the Hawks have ever had as a 12 year old with an ESPN insider subscription could have done a better job than Billy Knight.

    • drunkenjunk - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      he wasn’t that bad and is more qualified than a lot of others. He swung a lot of trades where he gave up nothing and got the supposed final piece for bron.

  2. rajbais - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    First order of business, fire Larry Drew!!!

    You can fire and hire coaches around draft time.

    It has worked too.

    Drew was better for the team than Mike Woodson???

    When Woodson was leading the staff we rarely heard about Drew during the regular season the way we heard about Woodson as an assistant in New York, Rick Carlisle in Indiana, or Tom Thibodeau in Boston!!!

    And he was supposed to get Atlanta further???

    The only thing getting the Hawks into the playoffs is Joe Johnson!!! He heard all the criticism in 2010 and is using it to fuel his game!!! He’s playing well enough to the point where he deserves no harsh criticism!!!

    You see people? Criticism can be good for NBA players because they can use it as energy for productivity!!! Case in point: THE WORLD CHAMPION MIAMI HEAT!!!

    One more thing: trade Josh Smith!!! He takes to many jumpers when he’s a vertically bound, airborne player!!! That kind of play doesn’t make you smart when you need intelligent play to win ball games!!!

  3. d3murf - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Rick Sund is not our long time GM – hes been here 3 maybe four years tops. Billy Knight was a long time gm.

    • bobulated - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Agreed although I think the intent was that Sund was a long time GM although not necessarily for the Hawks.

  4. thetooloftools - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Good Luck Danny… you got jobbed here in Cleveland where LeBron James and his cast of Akron idiots were really running the show. You and Mike Brown both just got so hosed. You couldn’t put players around LeBron because the word was out (in the players circles) he wasn’t going to stay here…. His ring is tainted. If you have to collude to win a title, then it HAS to be tainted.

  5. CJ - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Doesn’t matter what happens Thursday. This is the best news 6ers fans could have asked for all week.

  6. jimthebuilder27 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Do the Hawks really want to win at all? Apparently not, since they hired Danny Ferry! What a joke!

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