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Former Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry hired by New Orleans Pelicans as special advisor

Danny Ferry is officially back in the NBA.

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Danny Ferry has been on the periphery of the NBA since parting ways with the Atlanta Hawks in 2015, but the former general manager is now an employee of the New Orleans Pelicans. On Wednesday, the Pelicans announced that Ferry has been hired as a "special advisor" to general manager Dell Demps, and Demps provided this quote:

"I am excited to announce Danny Ferry has accepted our offer to join the New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations staff as a special advisor. Danny’s experience, insight and achievements will be a welcomed addition to the Pelicans as we continue our quest to improve the team."

Ferry's tenure with the Hawks ended in ugly fashion, as he was removed from active duty as a result of a racially charged scandal before officially stepping down as GM in June 2015. Ferry's now-infamous reading of a scouting report concerning Luol Deng has undoubtedly made it challenging for the 49-year-old to find work in the NBA, though he has been linked to multiple front office opportunities after apologizing for the incident and his decision-making.

Though Ferry's time with the Hawks helped to change the roster in a positive direction and included the hiring of Mike Budenholzer, his exit will likely be the lasting impression on his time in Atlanta. Now, though, Ferry is employed elsewhere, and this can be seen as yet another closing chapter on his time with the Hawks organization.