Commentary

Will Hawks now fly past early exit?

Danny Ferry gets first leading job since leaving the LeBron-era Cavaliers

Updated: June 25, 2012, 10:35 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Well, they're no longer content with one-and-done.

That's the message today after the Atlanta Hawks hired Danny Ferry from the San Antonio Spurs to become their new general manager, instantly restoring some credibility to a franchise that could surely use it. After their last general manager search turned into a bit of a farce, with candidates seemingly pulling their names within seconds of being considered, this time Atlanta's ownership identified a single candidate, went after him and got the deal done.

And while Ferry made some mistakes with the Cleveland Cavaliers, I think in the big picture this was a good call. He had LeBron James, sure, but building a 66-win team isn't cake even with a superstar, and the Spurs thought enough of Ferry to have him serve two tours of duty there. Cleveland was also one of the league's foremost analytics franchises while he was there. (Coincidentally, former Hawks assistant GM Chris Grant now runs the Cavs.)