Danny Ferry is among four "serious" candidates to become General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets according to a report by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Per Woj, Ferry is receiving prominant consideration along with former Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo, current Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Houston VP of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas.
Already identified as candidates for the job, Colangelo and Ferry have significant and well-known track records. Colangelo is a two-time NBA executive of the year, who had success running the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors.
Ferry was GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, where he helped build two Eastern Conference contenders. A year ago, Ferry was fired in a scandal surrounding a racially insensitive scouting report read on a management conference call with Hawks management.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari was also thought to be a candidate, but has a very high price tag.
Ferry reshaped the Hawks in just two seasons jettisoning big contracts like Joe Johnson and bringing Mike Budenholzer as the team's head coach. He sat out to change the franchise's culture but later found himself embroiled in a battle with a portion of the team's turbulent ownership group.
Ferry did a great job during his tenure in Atlanta but it remains to be seen whether or not he is the right fit for the Nets. Brooklyn's win now approach of the last several years have left them with little hope and precious few assets. Ferry is patient enough and creative enough to work through that if allowed. Still, Mikhail Prokhorov is rumored to be looking for a quick fix and that could ultimately put him at odds with whomever he hires.