HoopsHype Danny Ferry rumors

June 18, 2013 Updates

Danny Ferry spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday for a series of draft preview articles that begin Sunday. Here is what he had to say about some of the other issues facing the team. On whether the team has, or plans, to make offers to restricted free agents Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson: “Nothing to really say about it,” Ferry said. “We are focused on the draft right now obviously. Our roster and our team decisions will unfold after that but certainly we value the guys we had on our roster last year. We’ll look at all the opportunities that are out there for us going forward as well.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 10, 2013 Updates
May 29, 2013 Updates

"It's been a pretty amazing 48 hours, I'll be very honest with you," Budenholzer said on Wednesday as he was introduced by Hawks general manager Danny Ferry. "It's exciting for my family, exciting for me. The opportunity to come here with the Atlanta Hawks, when you couple that with coming to the NBA Finals, I'm living a dream." ESPN.com

May 28, 2013 Updates

Budenholzer is believed to be the front-runner in Atlanta to replace current head coach Larry Drew. Though Drew is still under contract with the Hawks, Ferry has said there is a chance that the team could give Drew, whose current deal expires June 30, a new deal. But both the Hawks and Drew are proceeding as if he will not return. NBA.com

May 23, 2013 Updates
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Interesting footnote about the Nets' coaching search: Italian legend Ettore Messina, reported by Yahoo! Sports to be a candidate tempting Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, is not on Brooklyn's list. If the Hawks were to make him the first European head coach in NBA history, Messina would have to find a way out of Russian super club CSKA Moscow, which for years received considerable financial support from Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. ESPN.com

May 17, 2013 Updates

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is giving significant consideration to hiring the first European-born head coach in NBA history, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Ettore Messina, the Italian-born coach of CSKA Moscow, is among the top candidates to replace coach Larry Drew. Ferry and Messina have had contact about the possibility, and Messina is intrigued with the chance to be a global trail blazer in the NBA, sources told Y! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The Hawks have interviewed Stan Van Gundy and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer for their yet-to-be vacant head coach position. Each has previously been described as a candidate for the position held by Larry Drew until June 30 when his contract expires. However the AJC has learned that Van Gundy and Budenholzer have been interviewed by general manager Danny Ferry. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 15, 2013 Updates
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The Hawks have already talked to several candidates including former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Ferry is hoping to meet with Van Gundy in the near future. Yahoo! Sports first reported the Hawks' interest in Van Gundy. However, sources said, Van Gundy has told several teams who have reached out to him recently that he currently is not planning on coaching next season. ESPN.com

The Atlanta Hawks are taking an unconventional approach with their head coaching position. Current coach Larry Drew’s contract is up on June 30 and he and team general manager Danny Ferry have held several meetings this week concerning the future. But with the market for coaches wide open, both sides appear to be hedging their bets. The Hawks have informed Drew that they intend to talk to other candidates about the job. They have also given Drew the freedom to talk to other teams about jobs. ESPN.com

A report that the Hawks are “aggressively” pursing Stan Van Gundy for the yet-to-be vacant head coach position is inaccurate. General manager Danny Ferry and his staff continue their efforts to determine the organizational direction of the franchise. There are numerous decisions to be made this offseason including who will be the head coach and what the roster will look like next season. The Hawks hope to talk to Van Gundy about the head coach position, perhaps in the next few days. They have already sought his feedback, as well as that from others, about general aspects of the organization. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Larry Drew, who coached the team the past three seasons and whose contract expires June 30, remains a candidate for the position. He has been informed of the organization’s plans to seek outside opinion. "I have great appreciation and respect for Larry and how he led our team this season," Ferry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "At the same time, it is my responsibility and in the best interests of the Hawks organization to consider all of our options, and talk with other potential head coaches before making a decision about who will lead our basketball team. Larry and I have had open communication about this approach. If Larry and I continue to work together, we ultimately will be a stronger organization because of our discussions and this thorough process." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 10, 2013 Updates

General manager Danny Ferry has made Van Gundy his top target to replace Larry Drew, sources said. There has been contact between Ferry and Van Gundy, but the two sides have yet to meet in person. Yahoo! Sports

May 9, 2013 Updates

There has been no decision on the fate of Hawks coach Larry Drew, less than a week after the season-ending playoff loss. A final determination may not be made until next week or perhaps later as the sides continue to step away from the recently completed season. General manager Danny Ferry gave no timetable for a decision on Drew, in the final year of his contract, during his end-of-season press conference Saturday. Ferry said that the organization would “take some time, some distance, give some space from the season and the playoffs and the emotion of that” before discussing the future of Drew and making other personnel decisions. That process continues. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 6, 2013 Updates

Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew and his staff have begun exploring other job opportunities in anticipation of the possibility they won't be retained, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is expected to make a final decision by the middle of this week, sources said. One source close to the coaching staff believes there is a "slim chance" the coaches will be brought back since Ferry has often talked about changing the franchise's culture. The contracts of Drew and his staff expire on July 1. Yahoo! Sports

May 4, 2013 Updates

General manager Danny Ferry, who will get to put his imprint on the franchise heading into his second year, said Saturday it was too soon to make a call on the future of a coach he inherited. Ferry said the disappointment of a six-game loss to the Indiana Pacers needed to wear off a bit before he decides whether Drew should get another contract. "We're going to take some time, give it some distance, give it some space from the season, from the playoffs, from the emotions of that," Ferry said on the practice court at Philips Arena. "Then we'll make decisions that we feel are best in the short-term and long-term interests of the team." ESPN.com

April 28, 2013 Updates

Drew is in the final year of his contract. The Hawks hired Danny Ferry as the general manager last summer, and there has been speculation ever since that Ferry would look to hire his own coach. There have been no discussions between Ferry and Drew concerning an extension, according to the source. Philadelphia Inquirer

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