When the Atlanta Hawks hired Danny Ferry as general manager in the summer of 2012, one of the first things he impressed upon the organization was the importance of patience. The Hawks promptly traded Joe Johnson for replacement-level flotsam to keep their payroll flexible and patiently waited for Josh Smith’s contract to expire to determine where their newfound wealth would be allocated. With the exceptions of signing Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million deal and re-signing Jeff Teague for four years
Before Bruce Levenson’s infamous email and Danny Ferry’s infamous scouting recital, the Atlanta Hawks were actually one of the quietest teams in the NBA this offseason. In the face of one of the most active transaction cycles in NBA history, Atlanta’s limited action in free agency was by design. General sentiment within the organization was – and remains – that the team will take an important leap forward as long as they remain healthy. After all, before center Al Horford tore his right pectoral –
The Atlanta Hawks offseason has been marred by emails and scouting reports flush with racial overtones, the results of which have led to majority owner Bruce Levenson announcing that he will sell the team and general manager Danny Ferry taking an indefinite leave of absence and attending sensitivity training. The court of public opinion has been a mixed bag as far as Ferry is concerned, with many outside of the NBA calling for his job while a number of people within
Atlanta Mayor: City Wants Hawks To Stay Mayor Kasim Reed intends to keep the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. With the Atlanta Hawks embroiled in controversy due to the inappropriate words of majority owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry, there has been a lot of uncertainty as it relates to the team’s future. A big fear among many Atlantans is that the team’s next owner may look to move the team elsewhere, perhaps Seattle. Atlanta lost its second
Not to downplay the seriousness of the situation the Atlanta Hawks are facing, with both GM Danny Ferry and owner Bruce Levenson in hot water for racially charged, if not completely insensitive and racist, remarks. However, it would seem that they have managed to fly relatively below sonar as far as the bulk of mainstream media and public outrage is concerned. Why? The National Football League. The bulk of public outrage and media coverage has gone to the NFL. Monday through Thursday
The week that doesn’t seem to be getting any better for the Atlanta Hawks continues on.
Since the beginning of the FIBA tournament, all the experts and their mothers expected Team USA to meet their match against Spain for the gold in the final game. Just one problem: Spain will no longer play for the gold after a shocking 65-52 loss to France on Wednesday. Despite a valiant effort from Pau Gasol, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, the rest of his team struggled mightily against France’s tough defense, anchored by center Rudy Gobert and his game-high 13 rebounds.
The suddenly-messy situation with the Atlanta Hawks got a bit messier on Monday night when an exposing letter written by Michael Gearon Jr – the minority owner of the team – was leaked for all to see. Atlanta TV station obtains more info on Danny Ferry. And I’m floored. http://t.co/PPSsvoI6f7 — Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 9, 2014Danny Ferry… http://t.co/YKuYfJsZL9 — Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 9, 2014Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported earlier on Monday that general manager Danny Ferry read the following words