Wes Wilcox Rumors
Marc J. Spears: 2015-16 NBA Executive of the Year voting results. https://t.co/IJoYIT5kb0 . R.C. Buford, 77 points. Neil Olshey, 63. Bob Myers, 38. Masai Ujiri, 18. Rich Cho, 17. Danny Ainge, 13. David Griffin, 10. Stan Van Gundy, 6. Pat Riley, 6. Sam Presti, 5. Sam Hinkie, 5. Wes Wilcox, 1. John Hammond, 1. Dennis Lindsey, 1.
The first move of Hawks’ new ownership became official Tuesday when the team announced the promotions of Mike Budenholzer to president of basketball operations and head coach and Wes Wilcox to general manager.
Once Ressler’s group – which includes Rick Schnall, Sara Blakely and Jesse Itzler – takes over, its first order of business will be to negotiate contracts with Budenholzer and Wilcox, league sources said.
There has been a belief within the Hawks’ organization for several months that the team’s general manager is not going to be brought back. The thinking is that coach Mike Budenholzer (expected to get a new contract with a raise and more autonomy) and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox likely will be at the top of the basketball operations department, at least for the next year. At this point, there are three scenarios for Ferry, but only two plausible ones: Ferry resigns: This is the favorite. It could happen any day. The Hawks likely would agree to pay off the balance of Ferry’s contract and it would allow him to make an exit statement along the lines of, “I’m proud of the work I did here but I feel it’s the best for all parties to move on.” Ferry is fired: It doesn’t serve anybody to have this thing end ugly, least of all Ferry, who wants to get another job (and will). But he has been resistant to leaving, loves living in Atlanta and it may come to this. Ferry is kept: Think “PowerBall” odds.
Budenholzer and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox run basketball operations while Ferry’s future with the organization remains uncertain until the team is eventually sold. Forbes recently valued the worth of the franchise as $825 million. Koonin said there is no shortage of interested buyers and the current success “is good for the value. It’s a winning organization now.”