Cavaliers Name Danny Ferry General Manager
"Danny Ferry brings championship level executive experience to Cleveland from an organization that is looked upon as the premier basketball operation in the NBA. He is one of the top young, highly successful basketball executives in the League,” said Gilbert.
“Danny is philosophical, smart and thoughtful. He is a student of the game and is well prepared to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to become a championship level organization. The combination of Mike Brown and Danny Ferry is going to be a fantastic one for the team, the fans and the entire state of Ohio. I couldn’t feel better about the two guys we have chosen to hire for the future of our franchise.”
Ferry, 38, has spent the past two seasons as the director of basketball operations for the reigning NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. “I'm very excited to be in Cleveland and I am ecstatic for this opportunity. Cleveland is a passionate sports city, the Cavs have committed ownership and one of the great young players in the game," said Ferry. "Those things combined equal a very exciting long term future for the franchise. I look forward to working with Mike Brown with the goal of bringing an NBA Championship to Cleveland."
While in San Antonio, he won NBA Championships as both a member of the front office (2005) and as a player (2003). The Spurs have now won three NBA titles in the last eight years and during that same span their winning percentage (.691) is the best, not only in the NBA, but among the three other major sports (NFL, MLB, NHL) as well.
"Danny Ferry's intelligence, basketball IQ and wonderful demeanor will serve the Cavaliers well. He will be sorely missed in San Antonio and will be a major plus as the Cavaliers move forward," said Spurs Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Gregg Popovich.
Spurs Senior Vice President and General Manager R.C. Buford added, "Danny is an extremely talented, diligent and aggressive personality. His career in the NBA has been defined by his work ethic and his intellect. Danny's impact on the Spurs will be missed far beyond the walls of our offices."
Ferry spent the first 10 years of his 13-year playing career in Cleveland with the Cavaliers. He is the all-time leader in games played in team history, having played in 723 regular season games. While in Cleveland, Ferry appeared in 28 playoff games over six seasons. His top stats with the Cavaliers came during the 1995-96 season when he averaged 13.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Ferry’s return to Cleveland will reunite him with Cavaliers’ Head Coach Mike Brown. Brown served as an assistant coach in San Antonio during Ferry’s three seasons as a player (2000-03) with the Spurs.
"I'm very pleased that Danny is getting this opportunity with us. He deserves it. He's coming from a first-class, championship organization and has worked closely with two of the best in the business in Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford," said Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown. "Danny has a great understanding of this league as a player and as an executive and I value his judgment greatly. I know, from first-hand experience, that Danny realizes what it takes to build something special and I'm eager to work with him again."
He was the 1989 Naismith Award winner as the top college player in the country at Duke following his senior season and was named First-Team All-American after his junior and senior seasons.
Ferry and his wife, Tiffany, have four daughters: Hannah, Grace, Sophia and Lucy.