Spurs reach out to Ferry

The Spurs could tab a familiar name to fill a void in their front office.

Team officials have reached out to Danny Ferry to gauge his interest in
returning to the organization he left in 2005 to become the general
manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ferry, who played the final three seasons of his career with the Spurs
and still maintains a house in San Antonio, retired after the 2002-03
campaign to join the team’s front office. He spent two seasons in middle
management under general manager R.C. Buford and president of
basketball operations Gregg Popovich before leaving in June 2005 to take
the Cleveland job.

A position in the Spurs’ chain of command came open last month, when vice president of basketball operations Dell Demps accepted the GM job in New Orleans.

The 43-year-old Ferry, meanwhile, has been unemployed since June 4, when he resigned his post in Cleveland in a move viewed as part the Cavs’ unsuccessful effort to re-sign LeBron James. Since departing Cleveland, Ferry had been linked to general manger vacancies in Portland and New Jersey that eventually went to others.

It is unclear whether the Spurs are looking for someone to fill Demps’ role directly, or whether there might be a reshuffling of duties among front-office personnel. It is also unclear whether the new front-office candidate would take on Demps’ title as general manager of the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ affiliate in the Development League.


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