So Danny Ferry resigned. I’ll not rehash his moves again but I have no problem with the job Ferry did as GM of the Cavaliers. As Terry Pluto points out, Ferry resided over the winningest 5-year period in Cavalier history. Were mistakes made? Sure (*waives at Larry Hughes*), but they were defensible at the time and Ferry wasn’t given a whole lot to work with.
Do I think Ferry needed to go? Not really. Unlike Mike Brown, I thought Ferry did everything in his power to get the Cavs to the promised land (it was in Mike Brown’s power to bench Shaq, right?). He gave out team friendly contracts and used Dan Gilbert’s money to the best of his abilities.
My concern with Ferry leaving is what that spells for LeBron’s future. On one hand, changing the coach and GM at this team can make the Cavs look desperate and in disarray (especially following their 2nd Round exit). The idea is that LeBron wouldn’t want to reup with a team in flux.
On the other hand, this move could signal that the Cavs are going for the “do whatever LeBron wants” strategy and Ferry resigned because he didn’t want to deal with LeBron’s handpicked coach (Jon Calipari? Dru Joyce? Chris Jent? I keed, I keed). I really have no opinion on new GM Chris Grant.
So ya, I think this is a good sign that LeBron will re-sign. However, I’m not sure how much I care for it, if that makes sense. Getting LeBron’s signature on that dotted line is obviously the best move for the organization. They’re better with LeBron James on the roster. Dur.
But I’m pretty sure that giving LeBron total control (if that’s what this move is signaling) isn’t a smart idea. The organization can’t be full of yes men (if it wasn’t already) and LeBron can’t hold be allowed to hold them hostage like he has for the past three years. That’s not a way to build a winning team. Putting pressure on the GM to improve the isn’t a bad thing per se, but having everyone on egg shells because they don’t want to anger James and push him out the door won’t produce a championship.
And so ends Danny Ferry’s second run with the Cavaliers. I’d say it was more successful than his first go-round with the organization, but it ended up being even more disappointing (
and who knew that was even possible?).