At a crossroads, Gilbert doesn't pay the Ferry toll

Kirk LammersContributor IJune 5, 2010

In what has become progressively a more and more tumultuous summer for the Cavaliers, they chose in a mutual decision to part ways with General Manager Danny Ferry. Ferry, whose contract was up at the end of June, had been the team's GM for the last five seasons, and pulled off some of the most fantastic trades in franchise history, surrounding LeBron and the Cavaliers with enough talent most believed to win a title. Unfortunately, things didn't work out for the wine and gold, and they have now dismissed their head coach and general manager within two weeks of each other.

For Ferry, it was a rocky start back in 2005. With the free agent signings of Damon Jones, Larry Hughes, and Donyell Marshall, the team overpaid for three role players, but they played a large role in improving a roster that made it to the NBA Finals in just the second season of the Ferry-Brown regime. Then, Ferry continuously rebuilt the team while still making it out of the first round of the playoffs every single year, acquiring the likes of Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Joe Smith, Delonte West, Mo Williams, Shaquille O'Neal, and Antawn Jamison in the past three seasons.