Besides LeBron James being the first person to do something in the Cleveland Cavaliers' off-season, it's general manager Danny Ferry. It was reported by the Associated Press that Ferry resigns his position as general manager with the Cavaliers. This is the first move in what it appears to be the biggest off-season in Cavs' history.
The departure of Ferry means he only stayed as the Cavs' general manger for only five seasons. Ferry resigning seemed like a shocking decision to many. Ferry leaving the Cavs goes along with the decision of the Cavaliers firing head coach Mike Brown, who couldn't get the number one seeded Cavs past the underrated Boston Celtics, who are now in the NBA Finals facing Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ferry was entering the final month of contract and could've made renewed his and make it mutual with team owner Dan Gilbert.
"I thought it was important that there was as much clarity as possible in the organization at this time, so things could start moving forward," Ferry told The Associated Press. "I appreciate all that Dan has done to build a world-class organization."
Ferry's replacement will be assistant general manager, Chris Grant, who has been the Cavaliers organization for ten years until being the team's GM five years ago in 2005.
Ferry has made some impact joining the Cavs' organization. The Cavs made it to their first NBA Finals appearance, and the city of Cleveland made it to their first type of big championship game since the 1960's Cleveland Browns, during his tenure.
Many expected Ferry wanted to leave because he was good friends with Mike Brown. Once Gilbert fired him, they though their relationship with each other would fall apart.
"It is the right time to move on," Ferry said. "Chris is prepared to do a great job."
Ferry has done great as GM for the Cavs. He has tried to help LeBron James as much as possible. The Cavs have been 272-138 during Ferry's tenure in those five season.
"For five years, Danny Ferry was instrumental in leading the establishment of a culture, process and professionalism that has become part of the fabric of the definition of 'who' are the Cleveland Cavaliers. Danny worked extremely hard to create this strong foundation that we will continue to build upon going forward with much gratitude and appreciation," Gilbert said in a statement.
"This solid foundation is evident by the natural and clear choice to choose his close associate, Chris Grant, whom Danny worked in partnership with for his entire five years leading the Cavaliers front office, to succeed Danny as the Cleveland Cavaliers new general manager."
I am sure the Cavaliers will surely miss Mr. Ferry. I wish him all the best and hope he continues to have something part of the National Basketball Association.