Dell Demps spent three season as general manager of the Austin Toros before being hired last month to the same position with the New Orleans Hornets, becoming the first person to use the D-League as a stepping stone to the top of an NBA front office.
Danny Ferry may be hoping he's the next.
Ferry, who resigned as Cleveland Cavaliers GM in June after five years on the job, is expected to be officially announced as a member of the San Antonio Spurs' front office by week's end, reports Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News. Though "formal delineation" of front office duties and titles has yet to be determined, according to the report, Ferry will oversee the Toros, the Spurs' D-League team.
That's how brilliant D-League reporter Scott Schroeder started
my his most recent post over at Aol FanHouse.
What does this mean for the Toros? Well, I think we'll have to wait and see due to this:
Ferry didn't have complete control of call-ups and assignments in Erie, however, according to an interview with an owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers' affiliated Erie BayHawks.
"[Player movement between the Cavaliers and BayHawks] was more of Mike Brown's decision than it was Danny Ferry's decision," Demetriou said. "Danny used to tell me that."
In the meantime, I think it's great that a rather high-profile NBA executive will now be running the basketball operations of a D-League team. Between Ferry and Eric Musselman, the talent being brought into the D-League this year is pretty impressive.