The Atlanta Hawks hired Danny Ferry, as their team’s General Manager last summer, however in reality the Ferry Era will begin on Wednesday in Atlanta. The “Atlanta Journal-Constitution” has reported that the club will name long-time San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, as their next head coach at a press conference on Wednesday at the team’s home Phillips Arena, succeeding Larry Drew, whose three-year contract will nor be renewed. Budenholzer, is currently the top assistant for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and has been with the franchise for 19-years, it will be the first head-coach position for the 43-year-old.
Ferry developed his executive chops with the Spurs, during two different tours of duty, in between he helped take the Cleveland Cavaliers to their only Finals appearance in the club’s history. The squad also finished the regular season, the last two years of his regime with the best regular season record in the Association. He parted ways with Cleveland, due to philosophical differences with team majority owner Dan Gilbert, after Gilbert dismissed head coach Mike Brown at the end of the 2010 campaign. Ironically, Brown will be back on the bench next fall as the Cavaliers re-hired him earlier this month.
Budenholzer, will find himself in a rather enviable position, as the team does have a good nucleus and a lot of flexibility under the salary-cap heading into the summer. The new coach released a statement on Tuesday. He said “I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the San Antonio Spurs organization for the last 19 years. “I knew it would have to be a tremendous situation for me to leave and clearly coming to Atlanta as the head coach of the Hawks is perfect for me. Ownership’s commitment to taking this organization to the next level and creating a unique and special culture, partnering with a general manager like Danny Ferry who I have great respect for, and building a roster that has terrific potential because of the existing core and the ensuing flexibility presents a rare and uniquely positive opportunity.”