With the poorly-timed firing of Kevin Pritchard 12 minutes before the draft, the Portland Trail Blazers main priority is finding a new GM-but maybe they already found him.
Danny Ferry, the former Cleveland Cavaliers player and GM, resigned from his job with the Cavs due to a power struggle with owner Dan Gilbert, and has already been targeted and interviewed by the Blazers, and looks like the heavy favorite to be the Blazers new GM.
With that in mind, let's take a look at Ferry's history in the league:
1990-2000: Cleveland Cavaliers player
2000-20003: San Antonio Spurs player
2003-2005: Spurs Front Office Assistant
2005-2010: Cavaliers General Manager
Now, we really care about Ferry's Front Office history, right? So let's start with the Spurs:
2003: Spurs drafted Leandro Barbosa, but traded him to Phoenix
2004: drafted Beno Udrih, no-namers in 2nd round
2005: now with Cavs, did not have draft picks, signed Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall, Damon Jones, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas
2006: drafted Shannon Brown, Daniel Gibson, Ejike Ugboaja (I just wanted to put his name up there)
2007: no draft picks (again), traded Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Shannon Brown, Ira Newble, and Donyell Marshall in 3 team deal with Seattle and Chicago, while getting Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Joe Smith, and Delonte West
2008: drafted J.J. Hickson, traded Damon Jones for Mo Williams, and traded Joe Smith to Oklahoma City, later signing him.
2009: drafted Christian Eyenga and Danny Green, traded Joe Smith and Sasha Pavlovic, a 2nd round pick, and cash for Shaquille O'Neal, signed Leon Powe, Anthony Parker, and Jamario Moon, traded Zydrunas Ilgauskas, 2010 1st round pick, and Emir Preldzic for Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair in 3 team trade, later re-signing Ilgauskas.
so there's your bio on Ferry. So what does this tell Blazer fans about Ferry's philosophy?
Well, his drafts have been ho-hum, especially when he was completely in charge in Cleveland. However, did draft Shannon Brown and J.J. Hickson, but never really gave Brown a chance. His real philosophy is the trigger happy finger, as he will make the big deals to make teams better. Say what you want, but Ferry went all out to get the Cavs a championship, they just didn't perform. So, basically, we can say that while Draft Night will be boring for Blazers fans, we can expect more KAPOWEE moves around the trade deadline or the off-season than when Pritchard was running the show. I would think that's probably what Paul Allen wants, and I hate to say, considering Mr. Allen's health issues, he may not want to have to wait another 3 or 4 years for a championship to br brought to Portland (wishing you the best, Mr. Allen).
Overall, I think Pritchard and Ferry are really different GM's, so if Danny Ferry becomes the new GM of the Blazers, then the Blazers entire outlook has changed. Ferry is a good, but not great GM, more of a short-term GM who will get you a championship, then try and rebuild. Pritchard is a guy who rebuilds a team through the draft, meshes the team together, and forms a TEAM, not 12-15 players wearing the same jersey. I would prefer Pritchard, but hey, if Ferry can bring a NBA Finals Trophy to Oregon, I'm all for it.
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