NBA Rumors: Genius NBA Minds Who Would Turn Around Struggling Franchises

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

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With ESPN's Chris Broussard reporting that Danny Ferry has accepted the Atlanta Hawks offer to become their new general manager, there are still some very good NBA minds out there that are looking for jobs.

With only a couple teams left that need to find a general manager, here's a look at some of the best basketball minds out there that could potentially turn around a struggling franchise.


Phil Jackson

Jackson was rumored for a front office position in Orlando before turning it down. While he wants to return to the NBA, there doesn't seem to be a good fit. However, the Zen Master has recently been rumored as a possible head coach in Oklahoma City, although that rumor was quickly shot down by Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

Jackson is still a guy that can make a difference in the NBA, and I expect to hear his name linked to different jobs all summer long.


Donnie Walsh

Walsh pulled himself out of the running for the Orlando general manager search and is now rumored to be heading back to Indiana, although it is uncertain in what capacity he would return.


Rick Sund

Sure, the former Hawks general manager signed Joe Johnson to his ridiculous contract, but Sund is a very good basketball mind overall.

ESPN's Marc Stein says (via Broussard) that the Sixers have a lot of interest in Sund and will look at filling their open general manager spot after the draft.


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