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Ferry out as Cavs GM (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 4, 2010 2:23 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2010 11:00 pm
LOS ANGELES -- In what the team is describing as a "mutual" parting of ways, Danny Ferry is out as general manager and will be replaced by assistant GM Chris Grant.

After five years as GM, Ferry's contract was up and the team announced Friday that he and owner Dan Gilbert agreed not to renew it. The move comes as superstar LeBron James is about to become a free agent, with the prospect of him leaving the Cavs threatening to devastate the city and organization.

Welcome to the hot seat, Chris Grant.

Hired as GM two years after the Cavs drafted LeBron, Ferry spent much of that time establishing a winning culture and doing everything possible to appease James by surrounding him with talent the King regarded as championship caliber. Despite Ferry's efforts -- which included acquiring Mo Williams, Shaquille O'Neal and Antawn Jamison -- the Cavs never achieved the right mix. Williams never developed into the consistent No. 2 scoring threat, especially in the postseason; the O'Neal gamble backfired; and Jamison came up small in his first -- and possibly last -- postseason run with James.

With coach Mike Brown and now Ferry out, the fallout from Cleveland's surprising loss to the Celtics in the conference semifinals has been swift and far-reaching. All Grant has to do now is hire a coach, keep LeBron, and surround him with enough talent to win a championship. It's a pretty tall task; just ask Ferry.

And with the restless Gilbert calling the shots -- and no doubt watching LeBron's hour-long interview on the Larry King Show Friday night for clues as to what he'll decide come July 1 -- the Cavs' situation is in the ultimate state of flux. Speculation immediately focused on whether Gilbert had a power play in mind for a big name to take over as the Cavs' coach and president of basketball operations. The name most often linked to the Cavs, due to his relationship with James, is that of Kentucky coach John Calipari, who recently refuted the notion that he would leave Lexington for a return to the NBA.

With a coaching vacancy and the path cleared for Gilbert to lure a big name to replace Ferry, the Cavs are now on equal footing with other potential suitors for LeBron that also have an opening to hire the coach of his choice. On his CNN interview, which aired Friday night, James reiterated that he does not want to hand-pick his next coach, but made a point of saying that there are several coaches that would intrigue him. James also said he is "far from close" to making a decision.
Although Commissioner David Stern said Thursday night that he has been assured "at the highest levels" that there would be no so-called free-agent summit, James said in the interview with King that he does, in fact, plan to discuss his plans with other top free agents -- and that he was interested in learning their plans. According to James, top players getting together to decide where to play -- and with whom -- was an opportunity for them to determine how to "better the league."



Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2010 10:38 am

Ferry out as Cavs GM (UPDATE)

All Ferry had to do was give up Hickson and he could have gotten Amare who would have run up and down the floor with Lebron, Cavs fans should be glad Ferry is gone so they don't have to see halfa$%ed trades anymore. Jamison and Mo put up big numbers on crappy teams, difference makers they are not.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2010 1:17 am

Ferry out as Cavs GM (UPDATE)

You really think this is disarray?  This is not disarray, this is Cleveland getting down on their knees and handing the Lebron the key to the City.  Who do you want Bron?  You want Phil? Or do you want to be a player-coach? How bout part time GM duties?  You got it bud.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 6:37 pm

Ferry out as Cavs GM (UPDATE)

I never liked Ferry as a player and I definitely didn't care for him as a GM either.  As a player, the Cavs paid a king's ransom to acquire his rights and Ferry promptly held them up for a record contract.  All the Cavs got out of it was a two bit role player at best.  As an executive, Ferry was totally over matched.  Williams was a dud.  Jamison is past his prime and Shaq was too old and slow for the kind of offense LeBron should be in. 

If I had been the Cavs GM, I would have focused on speed and rebounding, creating a show time, west coast offense.  LeBron's athleticsim demands a fast moving, open court style.  This puts him in his element, not some half court, slow down plan.  Ferry simply realized that you maximize your strong points and minimize your week ones.  LeBron in the open floor is a strong point.  LeBron on the wing of a half court attack on a zone is a weaker aspect of his game.  This takes his entire athleticism out of the picture. 

As a Cavs fan, I do find it a bit scary trying to sign LeBron with  such organizational disarray taking place.  Hopefully, the Cavs will get it together before July 1st.  If he doesn't stay in Cleveland, then I would like to see him sign with New Jersey, who has cap room to sign two big names, to go with Lopez, Harris and company.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2010 1:22 pm

Ferry out as Cavs GM (UPDATE)

WOW, mekalk, at least I have an opinion about the subject of Berger's original post. Apparently, you don't and can only conjure up a few digs at other responder's posts. If you have no opinion about the subject, why not move on to a subject more to your liking. This is an open site with made-up IDs, so what makes you think I'm really a Raider fan? What makes you think I'm NOT a GM just having a little fun online in my spare time? And thanks for bringing up my mother - she died in April and I was almost  at peace with the memory of that event.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2010 4:13 am

Ferry out as Cavs GM (UPDATE)

WOW, talent evaluation from a Raider fan. With as much as you seeem to know about evaluation why arent you working as a GM or helping out the raiders.
I am sure your mother would be happy to have you get outside and leave your basement hideout a few days a week.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 2:00 am


This whole Lebron James thing gets more absurd every day.  These teams that are gutting themselves and establishing themselves as losers for the next decade by excising any hint of talent and long-term planning other than what The Queen might want are total idiots.

The guy has NEVER WON ANYTHING, spends more time on his image than his game, and doesn't care when his team is bounced from the playoffs - instead of being upset he is on Larry King a few days later promoting himself.

Any team that sells out to get this buffoon deserves the next decade of being teased but never actually getting anything out of it.

Enough already with the hype, LeBum - show us some actual grit and substance when it counts.  Who cares if you can throw down a monster dunk in regular season Game 43 against a team 30 games under .500?  Can you show up in the playoffs and get past a quality opponent that is at full strength?  Because so far the answer is a resounding NO...

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 9:34 pm

Ferry out as Cavs GM

Despite Ferry's efforts -- which included acquiring , and

Danny Ferry is to the NBA draft what Andy Reid is to the running game.  Needed a point guard-passed on Jameer Nelson.  Needed bigs for the future-passed on Blair for some kid from Congo who plays SF (our only weak spot).  Drafted Hickson-not sure there was anyone better.  Build through the draft right? Why when you can let the rest of the NBA do your scouting and sign/trade when on else wants them.  What does Ferry see in Mike Brown?.  The only adjustment the Cavs ever made was pass to LeBron sooner in the shot clock.  Boobie helped get us to the finals but cant get on the court because of his defense.  Same thing with Shannon Brown, he looked Ok coming off the bench for the Lakers all year.  Glad to see both Brown and Ferry go.  Just hope LBJ isn't going with them

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 5:53 pm

Ferry out as Cavs GM

Of course, the media is just about to make up some BS about how this move was made to appease LeBron.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 5:36 pm

Ferry out as Cavs GM

Despite Ferry's efforts -- which included acquiring , and -- the Cavs never achieved the right mix. Williams never developed into the consistent No. 2 scoring threat, especially in the postseason; the O'Neal gamble backfired; and Jamison came up small in his first -- and possibly last -- postseason run with James. O'Neal gamble?  What gamble do you speak of?  They gave up to seldom-used role players for him.  Yeah, the Cavs lost, but I don't see how you can place the blame on Shaq.  They just got out-coached.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 5:30 pm

Ferry out as Cavs GM

Don't forget the money Ferry threw away on Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall and Damon Jones. Like Mike Brown, this guy was over his head from the get-go. Glad to see him go!

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