Former player will help with scouting

Updated: August 29, 2003, 2:48 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Danny Ferry, who played the last three seasons of his 13-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, will join the franchise's management team as the director of basketball operations, the San Antonio Express-News reported Friday.

Ferry will assist with scouting and other day-to-day operations as he learns the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, according to the report. Ferry's father, Bob, was the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) general manager from 1973-90.

The Spurs are waiting to announce Ferry's hiring because the Indiana Pacers, which acquired Ferry last month, is trying to deal his non-guaranteed contract to a team seeking salary-cap relief, according to the Express-News.

Ferry's hiring is part of a reorganization of the Spurs front-office staff. Sam Presti, the team's assistant director of scouting, has been promoted to director of player personnel. Presti, 26, joined the Spurs as an intern three years ago and has quickly earned praise for his talent evaluation and knowledge of the league's CBA.

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, who also signed a new contract this summer, has credited Presti for helping draft Tony Parker and putting together the trade that landed San Antonio Hedu Turkoglu and Ron Mercer, according to the paper.