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Posts Tagged ‘Danny Ferry.’

Cavaliers hires former Suns executive David Griffin

Several media outlets are reporting today that the Cleveland Cavaliers have hired former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin as their vice president of basketball operations.

David Griffin Cavs VP basketball operations (Suns photo)

Griffin, resigned as the Suns’ senior vice president of basketball operations when general manager Steve Kerr left in June. In Cleveland, he’ll be assisting general manager Chris Grant.

The Cavaliers front office has been in a transition mode since Danny Ferry left. He was replaced by his assistant Chris Grant. Also, vice president of basketball operations Lance Blanks resigned to become the Phoenix Suns general manager.

Griffin also had opportunities with Memphis and Denver.

compiled from staff, wire & television reports

Former Cavs general manager Danny Ferry returns ‘home’ to San Antonio

Danny Ferry is returning ‘home’ to the San Antonio Spurs.

The former Duke University and NBA star has a long and successful history with the Spurs. He won a championship as a player in 2003 before retiring and becoming director of basketball operations.

Danny Ferry (file photo)

The former Cavaliers general manager will become vice president of basketball operations for San Antonio. He will be reunited with head coach Greg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford whom he worked with before leaving to go to Cleveland in 2005.

Ferry was instrumental in leading the Cavs through the most successful years in their history. But he bolted earlier this summer after five years in the Lake Erie city, right after the Cavaliers were upset in the playoffs to Boston.

compiled from San Antonio Spurs & NBA news

LeBron James takes his sideshow and entourage to Miami

compiled from staff and wire reports with commentary

First of all, I never understood why LeBron James was called King James. He has never really lived up to that billing. I was in several press conferences after Cavs games and members of the media called him “King.” He never did because he is and never will be my “highness”.

Secondly, LeBron says that he couldn’t win with Mo Williams, Delonte West and Antawn Jamison. Well he, told the Cavs to go out and get Williams and West. Plus, he had a choice between Jamison and Amare Stoudemire and he picked Jamison, who he said when the trade was announced, “fits our style more”.

LeBron James (nba)

Third, it was James who criticized head coach Mike Brown for his player rotation in the playoffs by not playing J.J. Hickson, Anderson Varejao, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Booby Gibson more. Thus, Mike Brown is on the unemployment line. And I was told by several people who cover the club more often I do, that he was also critical of former GM Danny Ferry.

Fourth, by not meeting with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo should be that LeBron had no intention of coming back. I deal with Izzo from a media standpoint on teleconferences and phone interviews, at OSU-MSU games and the Big Ten tournament and he is a very nice and decent man, human being and should not have been snubbed by the self-proclaimed King.

I feel that the only mistake that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert made was catering to LeBron James. I don’t think any one player should have a say in player personnel matters. But if he does, “man-up” and admit you criticized and helped make player selections and admit you own play was less than stellar.

Several members of the media have told me over the years that the Cavs did everything possible to please LeBron. They moved the team’s practice facility 20 minutes closer to his Akron home; his management team was able to fly and travel with the team. no other player received this treatment but him.

So, LeBron on his self-righteous ESPN 1-hour special announces that he’s going to play in Miami with Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade to win an NBA championship.

He talked as if they’ve already have won it. Winning and talking are two different things and it takes 100 games to get the NBA’s final game, that is if every series goes to a 7th game.

James said that all three will be taking less money to win a title.

The Heat’s roster will have 11 players making at least the NBA minimum of $1 million a year.

James will have a five-year, $96 million contract as an outside free agent.

Cavs point guard Mo Williams, who has played the last two of his seven-year career in Cleveland alongside LeBron responded to the news with congratulations but then took two hours to think it through. He disagreed with how James handled the revelation on national TV, telling the entire nation and world he was leaving Cleveland.

Williams believes that the Cavaliers will be good next year and the person he feels sorry for the most in the entire situation is former head coach Mike Brown who was fired after the second round playoff elimination by the Celtics.

With James now a former Cavs player, the franchise must move forward.

The team still have options available through trades and there have been talk of re-signing Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to share the center position.

The Cavs still have some pieces but most of the top tier free agents have signed but Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says they had a plan all along but won’t reveal it.

One thing is for sure, Quicken Loans Arena will not have the electricity that it once did but the Cavs have to find another star player to lead the way. He is out there, they just have to find him.

The Cavaliers are changing quick! Ferry resigns as GM

compiled from staff, wire, Cleveland Cavaliers and NBA news

Danny Ferry has resigned as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.after 5 years. He felt his authority was being undermined and reduced by owner Dan Gilbert after the fallout from the team being eliminated by Boston from the playoffs. He also was not in favor of firing head coach Mike Brown.

Danny Ferry (file)

In a move that has stunned the city of Cleveland, the NBA and the Cavs players, Ferry decided that the changes in the organization can move forward without him.

Ferry’s departure has come two weeks after owner Dan Gilbert fired coach Mike Brown following the team’s ouster by Boston in the second round of the playoffs. Ferry’s contract was set to expire on June 30 and he decided to leave once he found out after several meetings with Gilbert, that their ideas on the Cavs direction differed in many ways.

Danny Ferry led Cleveland through the most successful period in their history, peaking with the club’s first-ever NBA finals appearance in 2007 against San Antonio. But despite winning 127 regular-season games and having the best-record in the league, the last two years, the Cavs fell short of an NBA title.

Assistant GM Chris Grant will take over for Ferry.

Cavaliers pick up option on Leon Powe

compiled from staff, wire and Cleveland Cavaliers news

The Cleveland Cavaliers are making sure they still have a strong bench next season by excercising the option on reserve forward Leon Powe for next season.

Powe played in just 20 games in his first year with Cleveland after coming back from knee surgery. He averaged four points and 3.1 rebounds.

Leon Powe (nba)

General manager Danny Ferry says that Powe worked hard to get back on the court and next season he should be a better player.

The 26-year-old Powe signed as a free agent with the Cavs last summer after spending three seasons in Boston.

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