Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Blazers Want Danny Ferry as GM

Portland is on the hunt for a new general manager, and Danny Ferry has emerged as a candidate. Reports the Oregonian: “Ferry, who resigned this month after a successful five year run in Cleveland, fits the criteria set out by Miller in that he has experience executing trades and signing free agents while working for a successful franchise. It is believed that Ferry was first contacted by the search firm hired by owner Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc. Ferry still has intentions of remaining in the NBA, although there is question whether he will be a good fit in Portland. When he left his position as assistant general manager of San Antonio in 2005, he signed with Cleveland with the agreement that he would have full, and final say on all basketball related decisions. However, at the end of his tenure, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert started weighing in, and making, more decisions, such as firing coach Mike Brown and pushing for the hire of Tom Izzo as his replacement. Ferry resigned two weeks after Brown was fired. In Portland, Allen has at times insisted on certain moves, one of the most recent being last fall when he vetoed the basketball operations staff and made rookie Patty Mills the 15th and final roster spot instead of veteran Ime Udoka. Also, it is believed Bert Kolde, Allen’s longtime advisor, is wanting more input and control with the Blazers organization. Ferry, who played 13 years in the NBA, was paid about $2 million per season as the Cavaliers’ GM – more than twice what Kevin Pritchard was paid before he was fired on Thursday. However, it is believed that money is not an issue for Ferry, who made more than $40 million during his playing days in Cleveland and San Antonio.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    great for portland if they sign him. he’s had a great overall tenure in cle..

  • slamfan4life

    Bron to Portland…………….

  • JoeMaMa

    Okay, folks, let’s start the betting. Christmas Eve; Ferry’s Birthday; Game 7 of NBA finals Game featuring Blazers; day before Ferry’s wife delivers child; before Brandon Roy makes free agent decision: which day will he get fired?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    also another great option is rod thorn..

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Another gm strapped by omers not willing to trade due to money. Kerr or ferry would do well with Paul Allen.

  • Str8in It Out

    Ferry’s run in Cleveland successful? Depends on who you blame for not winning a chip despite having great regular season records. Do u blame LeBron, his teammates, Mike Brown or Ferry? I can also understand the argument that the Cavs made too many moves to the roster and, especially with Jamison coming in mid-season, the tinkering to the roster was disruptive. That would be Ferry’s fault.

  • jumpman3224

    Ferry straight ripped off some other GMs (Damon Jones for Mo Williams and a draft pick for Jamison), he could be dangerous with that roster of talent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ferry has been great in his tenure in cle.. the demise last season falls on the whole team. with lebron having the BIGGEST (give emphasis to that) part of it.. then brown.. then the other players.. maybe the biggest blemish in ferry’s part was the signing of larry hughes and donyel marshall, you cant blame him for not getting Stat or other superstars, cause he tried hard, gave them the offer.. its just that the other teams didnt want to.. And his good with lopsided trades, that was well documented.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Ferry was a decent GM. He made some clear mistakes like not trading for Shaq a year earlier when they could have got him and they actually did face the Magic in the ECF. Going all in for Jamison was a great move IF they would have met expectations and went to/won the finals. To call it too much tinkering is only a Monday night quarterback type of thing and it’s easy to critisize after the conclusion of a call. When many of Ferry’s moves happened, they were really what most any fan/GM saw as a need. What I never saw from Ferry was a strategic move that actually landed something/someone big a year or two down the road. Now that his ‘right now’ decisions did not pan out, the Cavs are strapped for cash and don’t have many trading assets. To be a great GM I think you have to think with one eye on the present and the other on the future. Ferry seemed to only concentrate on the hear and now which made the cavs a good team, but never gave them the ability to be great.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    lol at JoeMaMa

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    cosign nupe, but he was HARD PRESSED with time(brons free agency)

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    Have they not seen Cleveland’s roster?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign NUPE. His trades were great and so were his later signings (Parker, Moon) but they were all reactive. His failing was an inability to see match-ups a year or two down the road.