On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that San Antonio Spurs Assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey was being considered as one of three finalists to be hired as the next Orlando Magic General Manager.
Now one of Lindsey’s coworkers, Danny Ferry, is also being recruited by an Eastern Conference team – the Philadelphia 76ers for their GM/President position according to Wojnarowski.
Danny Ferry, a front-office executive with the San Antonio Spurs, met with 76ers owners in Philadelphia over the weekend to discuss a president/general manager’s job, sources said. Ferry has emerged as the frontrunner for the position, but still hasn’t been sold that the possible job structure makes sense for him to depart a comfortable situation under Spurs GM RC Buford.
Collins has been a strong advocate for Ferry’s candidacy, sources said.
Ferry has a good track record of working alongside coaches as he displayed when he and Mike Brown were running the Cleveland Cavaliers organization when LeBron James of the Miami Heat was apart of the team. Brown and Ferry worked together to make the Cavaliers a contender in the Eastern Conference for James, and even got them to the NBA Finals in 2007. James would eventually leave Cleveland for Miami and Ferry would be picked up by the Spurs, while Brown would be hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ferry has a big choice to make here, does he want to give a lot of his power to Collins if he’s hired as the GM? It’s an interesting position to be in as a GM because one might not feel like they have full control of their team. But Collins is a professional and Ferry has shown he can work great alongside other coaches, it’ll be interesting to see which option Ferry chooses in the coming days as the NBA Draft is quickly approaching.
It’s no wonder Spurs executives are being considered for front office positions. Look at what Sam Presti, a former Spurs exec, was able to do in Oklahoma City as the Thunder are just three wins away from their first NBA Championship. The culture Gregg Popovich and Buford have created in San Antonio is a winning one and other franchises are trying to get a piece of it to instill into their organizations.