Spurs want Danny Ferry back
A couple of quickie updates from what might be the first offseason in
NBA history to generate a GM carousel that seemingly never stops
The Spurs, according to sources with knowledge of the team’s plans, are
lobbying Danny Ferry to come back to the organization where he began his
front-office career and hope to convince him to commit to rejoining the
organization in the coming days or weeks.
I was fully expecting Ferry to opt for a break from the game after he left the Cavs in early June following years of what proved to be justifiably stressful fretting about Cleveland’s ability to re-sign LeBron James.
Ferry instead wound up contending for the recent front-office openings in Portland and New Jersey, despite the fact that more than one of his peers A) struggled to see him working for Paul Allen’s meddlesome Blazers lieutenants after Dan Gilbert’s determination to reclaim more of a hands-on role contributed to his Cleveland departure and B) struggled even more to imagine him co-existing with Nets coach Avery Johnson after their frosty days together as teammates in San Antonio.
New Jersey eventually opted for the low-key move by hiring Billy King instead of Ferry to replace Rod Thorn, combined with an overdue promotion for unheralded Nets lifer Bobby Marks to assist King. But that move — along with New Orleans’ hiring of Dell Demps away from the Spurs to run the Hornets’ front office — has given San Antonio license to urge Ferry to return.
Ferry remains close with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and team president R.C. Buford and would work primarily with Buford and highly respected aide Dennis Lindsey if he does give into the lobbying.
You’ll recall that the steady stream of Popovich/Buford protégés to land GM jobs in recent years — which includes Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti, former Suns president Steve Kerr, ex-Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, Demps and the Suns’ freshly hired Lance Blanks — began with Ferry and Blanks going to Cleveland in the summer of 2005.