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ATLANTA, Ga. - The Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association hired former Duke standout Danny Ferry as their new general manager, the team announced on Monday.

Ferry most recently served as the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs after completing a five-year tenure as General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-10. As the Cavs' GM, Ferry orchestrated the most successful stretch in the franchise's history, leading the team to a 272-138 record.

"I'm very excited to be here today with the opportunity to help build something special for the Hawks and the Atlanta community," Ferry said in a statement. "The Hawks are dedicated to creating consistent success for our fans and doing so with the right people and the right way. I look forward to an exciting future together."

Ferry inherits an Atlanta team that has made four consecutive NBA Playoff appearances and finished 2012 with a 40-26.

Ferry played four seasons at Duke from 1985-89 and led the team to three Final Four berths and two ACC Championships, including the first of each under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Ferry finished his career with 2,155 career points which ranked third in school history at the time. He still ranks sixth on Duke's all-time list and among the top 10 in field goals made, rebounds, assists, charges taken and wins.

The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Ferry with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft and traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to the 1989-90 season. Ferry would play 14 seasons in the NBA with a 10-year stint with the Cavaliers and a four-year span with the San Antonio Spurs.


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