The Atlanta Hawks named Danny Ferry general manager and president of basketball operations.

"Over the past nine years Danny Ferry has earned tremendous respect as a front office executive in the NBA," said Hawks' co-owner Bruce Levenson. "His philosophy, character, and commitment to creating enduring and successful organizations exemplify exactly what we are looking for in a leader of the Atlanta Hawks. Danny's systematic and value-driven approach has helped him become one of the preeminent minds in basketball. He is passionate about building an organization the right way, knows how to win and knows how to forge winning teams. We look forward to having him as our leader of basketball operations."

Ferry was vice president of basketball operations with the Spurs for the past two seasons. He was the GM of the Cavaliers for six seasons (2005-10) prior to joining San Antonio.

The Hawks opted not to renew the contract of Rick Sund but weren't sure Ferry would be available after he interviewed for open positions elsewhere and was a finalist with the 76ers.

Ferry enjoyed a 13-year NBA career including stints with the Spurs and Cavaliers. He won an NBA championship as a member of the Spurs in 2003.