Danny Ferry was named the eighth general manager in Cleveland Cavaliers history on June 27, 2005. He resigned as GE on June 4, 2010.
Ferry focused on building a championship-caliber culture in his five seasons with the Cavaliers. Heg to lead the team, through many successful signings and acquisitions, to back-to-back-to-back 50-win seasons (including back to back 60 win seasons with the best record in the NBA). The Cavs were one of just three teams to advance to at least the second round in each of the past four seasons, including the franchise’s first-ever trip to the NBA Finals under Ferry’s leadership.
In addition to player acquisitions, Ferry also oversaw all scouting, player personnel and day-to-day activities of the Cavaliers’ basketball operations team.
Ferry spent two seasons from 2003-2005 as the director of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. As the director of basketball operations for the Spurs, Ferry was actively involved in all aspects of the basketball operations department with an emphasis on the draft and free agency. He also aided in the strategic planning for Spurs Sports and Entertainment.
During his time in the Spurs front office, San Antonio compiled a combined regular season and playoff record of 138-59 (.701). While in San Antonio, he won NBA Championships as both a member of the front office (2005) and as a player (2003).
Ferry, a 13-year NBA veteran, played the final three years of his career in San Antonio (2000-03). Prior to that, he spent 10 seasons in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers. He played in a franchise-record 723 regular season games (154 starts) and averaged 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game. Ferry’s best season came during the 1995-96 season when he played in all 82 games (79 starts) with averages of 13.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game.
For his career, Ferry played in 917 games (186 starts) and averaged 7.0 points, and 2.8 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He also played in 67 career playoff games (15 starts) in nine playoff appearances.
Ferry was the second overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent the next season playing in Italy before the Cavaliers acquired Ferry along with Reggie Williams in exchange for Ron Harper, two firstround draft picks and a second-round pick from the Clippers on November 16, 1989.
Ferry won the 1989 Naismith Award as the nation’s top player after averaging 22.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game during his senior season at Duke. He was named First Team All-American as both a junior and a senior. He had his jersey retired at Duke and was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in September 2004. Ferry’s father, Bob Ferry, was vice president/general manager of the Washington Bullets for 17 years and played in the NBA from 1959 through 1969 while his brother, Bobby, played at Harvard University and was selected by Atlanta in the seventh round of the 1985 NBA Draft.
Ferry (born Oct. 17, 1966) and his wife, Tiffany, have four daughters and one son: Hannah, Grace, Sophia, Lucy and Jackson.