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Danny Ferry | Forward

Team: Atlanta Hawks
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/17/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Duke
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Danny Ferry reached out to hall-of-fame center Hakeem Olajuwon to apologize for his racially insensitive remarks about Luol Deng.
"He’s been calling all the players to apologize," Olajuwon said. Olajuwon also expressed his belief that Ferry was indeed reading a scouting report, and the racially inflammatory things said were not Ferry's words. "Those were not his words. He did not mean it. He was repeating something. I did not know what he meant. I don’t know what someone was thinking to say that. But those are not his words." Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Hawks. Oct 2 - 5:02 PM

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday that the city of Atlanta will help to ensure the Hawks stay in the city when they are sold, suggesting the city could contribute $150 to $200 million to make it happen.

The city lost the NHL's Thrashers and the Braves (moving to nearby Cobb County) under Reed's watch and he clearly wants to avoid a trifecta. The sale of Turner Field, where the currently Braves play, would also be an important piece of the puzzle, giving the city more money to work with. At this point, it doesn't sound like there's much chance the Hawks will be moving out of Atlanta, especially since the city is willing to help make sure it doesn't happen. In other Hawks news, legend and potential buyer Dominique Wilkins will have a statue unveiled at Philips Arena next March.
Sep 16 - 8:39 PM

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin sent out an open letter to apologize for the ongoing developments surrounding general manager Danny Ferry and Heat forward Luol Deng.

The letter talks about the team's shortcomings and how angry Koonin is with how everything happened. Carmelo Anthony said he thinks that the Hawks may have trouble signing free agents in the future, but the team is trying to improve. They're going to hire a Chief Diversity Officer and will strive to be even better in the community. The letter is attached in the link below.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 13 - 10:06 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Saturday that future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Hawks based on statements from general manager Danny Ferry.

"[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint." Ferry had some interesting comments on Melo, saying he would "absolutely" be worth $20 million per season if he was used the right way. Ferry is on an indefinite leave of absence and his future with the Hawks isn't looking great.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 13 - 3:54 PM

The Atlanta Hawks announced on Friday that current GM Danny Ferry will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin made the announcement, stating: "Danny Ferry requested, and I have approved, taking an indefinite leave of absence." As Ferry steps down, coach Mike Budenholzer will be tasked with running Atlanta's basketball operations department. This could be the last we see of Ferry in the NBA, but with the controversy surrounding his exit, there won't be many bemoaning his departure.
Sep 12 - 4:59 PM

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has obtained the alleged scouting report on Luol Deng, and it does include the African comment.

The part of the report in question reads: "He is a good guy on the cover but he is an African. He has a little two-step in him = says what you want to hear but behind closed doors he could be killing you." It doesn't really matter that the report had the racist comment, because part of GM Danny Ferry's job is to filter these reports and provide the team with only the most relevant portions. Ferry did not need to repeat these comments, and what he said wasn't even verbatim of this report, so it's difficult for him to argue that he was simply "reading" what was written. It will be interesting to see how this situation shakes out in Atlanta, but things aren't looking good for the current GM.
Sep 12 - 4:58 PM

The audio tape of general manager Danny Ferry on a conference call was released on Thursday.

He did not say that he was reading a background report nor did it sound like he was reading anything. In other words, it sounds like the comments about Luol Deng were thoughts from Ferry, and not from a scouting report.
Sep 11 - 7:34 PM

Commissioner Adam Silver doesn't think that Danny Ferry's comments surrounding Luol Deng over the summer should cost him his job.

"The discipline of a team employee is typically determined by the team, and in this case the Hawks hired a prestigious Atlanta law firm to investigate the circumstances of Danny Ferry's clearly inappropriate and unacceptable remarks," Silver said. "In my view, those comments, taken alone, do not merit his losing his job." Ferry could still easily lose his job, but there's also a chance he'll be allowed to apologize and stay on with the Hawks. This has been a brutal PR summer for the NFL and NBA, and it would be nice if Ferry's situation could be resolved as soon as possible - whichever way the cookie crumbles.
Source: USA Today
Sep 10 - 10:26 PM

More details have surfaced about Danny Ferry's controversial comments surrounding the Hawks' recruitment of Luol Deng.

In a transcript obtained by Yahoo! Sports, Ferry was extremely critical of Deng's personality in the locker room and with the media. "For example, he can come out and be an unnamed source for a story and two days later come out and say, 'That absolutely was not me. I can't believe someone said that," Ferry said on a conference call with ownership. He also downplayed the positive affect Deng has in a close locker room. "Good guy in Chicago. They will tell you he was good for their culture, but not a culture setter. He played hard and all those things, but he was very worried about his bobble-head being the last one given away that year, or there was not enough stuff of him in the [team] store … kind of a complex guy." These comments, along with racially insensitive remarks about Deng's African heritage, have landed Ferry in hot water, and could cost him his job.
Sep 10 - 2:47 PM

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by team CEO Steve Koonin for reading inflammatory comments about Luol Deng during a team meeting in June.

Ferry's discipline has yet to be disclosed, but the embattled GM has said he has no plans to resign. Co-owner Michael Gearon recently wrote a letter to discarded majority owner Bruce Levenson recommending that Ferry be fired or resign, so the former Duke star may not be out of the woods on this one yet.
Source: ESPN
Sep 9 - 12:44 PM

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said he has no plans to resign from his position.

There have been calls for Ferry to step down following reports that he quoted a racist email from recently discarded Hawks' majority owner Bruce Levenson regarding Luol Deng during a meeting of Hawks' executives in June. "I am committed to learning from this and deeply regret this situation," Ferry said in a statement. "I fully understand we have work to do in order to help us create a better organization; one that our players and fans will be proud of, on and off the court, and that is where my focus is moving forward." Ferry will likely face disciplinary action, but it doesn't sound like it will be self-imposed.
Sep 9 - 9:39 AM

Hawks minority owner Michael Gearon Jr. wrote a letter in June on behalf of fellow partners at SSG Group LLC, asking recently discarded majority owner Bruce Levenson to fire GM Danny Ferry due to allegedly racist statements he made.

Part of the letter reads: "Ferry talked about [Luol Deng's] good points, and then went on to describe his negatives, stating that 'he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.' Ferry completed the racial slur by describing the player (and impliedly, all persons of African descent) as a two-faced liar and cheat." Several reports have indicated that Ferry was reading a scouting report prepared by a third-party, but there are more questions than answers surrounding that purported defense, which is being leaked to the media by his supporters. This incident actually led to the investigation that caused Levenson to leave after his own controversial comments were unearthed. Ferry has been disciplined by the Hawks but the extent of his punishment hasn't been disclosed, and we expect this to get bigger and not smaller until the NBA's front office weighs in on the issue.
Source: WSB-TV
Sep 9 - 12:09 AM

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said Luol Deng still had "some African in him," according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ferry added he doesn't "say that in a bad way." Ferry has also called Ron Shade, Deng's agent, to apologize for the remarks. The NBA has no plans to discipline Ferry at this time, but that could change soon.
Sep 8 - 1:31 PM

Hawks GM Danny Ferry is expected to face disciplinary action in relation to the racist email written by team co-owner Bruce Levenson.

Ferry quoted an offensive comment during a meeting of Hawks' executives in June, which led to an internal investigation that revealed Levenson's email. Levenson voluntarily disclosed the email publicly and has vowed to sell his shares of the team, but Ferry's punishment hasn't been made public and it sounds as though he'll retain his position as GM. In the wake of Donald Sterling's racist vitriol, the NBA is rightly taking a zero-tolerance policy.
Sep 7 - 9:49 PM

General manager Danny Ferry said the Hawks need to add depth and talent.

There are few players who were as important as Al Horford (pectoral) just because of the lack of depth behind him. The Hawks struggled to find a solution at center all season, so that may be an area they'll address in the early going of free agency.
Jun 2 - 10:16 AM

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PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Dennis Schroder
3Shelvin Mack
SG1Kyle Korver
2Thabo Sefolosha
3John Jenkins
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Kent Bazemore
PF1Paul Millsap
2Mike Scott
3Adreian Payne
C1Al Horford
2Pero Antic
3Elton Brand
4Mike Muscala