Ferry plans to join Spurs' front office

Updated: September 29, 2003, 9:53 PM ET
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San Antonio Spurs: Danny Ferry, a Spurs reserve for the past three years, has been hired to work in the NBA champion's front office.

The Spurs also named 26-year-old Sam Presti director of player personnel. Presti had been assistant scouting director.

Ferry, a 13-year NBA veteran who had been part of a three-team trade in July, was named Monday as the Spurs' director of basketball operations.

"He has been around the NBA his entire life," said Spurs general manager R.C. Buford. "He really understands all aspects of the game."

Ferry, 36, is the son of Bob Ferry, who played 10 years as a center in the NBA before serving as general manager for the Washington Bullets from 1973 to 1990.

He played at Duke, where he won the Naismith Award as a senior, and was chosen by Cleveland with the No. 2 overall pick in 1990.

In 10 years with the Cavaliers, he averaged 7.8 points and 3 rebounds in 723 games. He signed with the Spurs as a free agent in 2000, and over three seasons he averaged 4.1 points and 2 rebounds in 194 games.

For his career, the 6-foot-10 forward made 39.2 percent of his 3-pointers (677-for-1,726).

Ferry was traded to Indiana in a five-player deal that sent Pacers center Brad Miller to Sacramento and Kings center Scot Pollard to Indiana. Sacramento forward Hedo Turkoglu and Indiana guard Ron Mercer came to San Antonio in the trade.

Ferry hinted last month that he would likely retire and join the Spurs management, rather than move to Indianapolis.

Milwaukee Bucks: The team is negotiating with forward Anthony Mason about ending his contract, general manager Larry Harris said.

Mason signed a four-year, $21 million deal in October 2001.

The 6-foot-8, 265-pounder averaged 7.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in the 2002-03 season.

He appeared in 65 games, starting in 58 of them.

Miami Heat: Center Ike Austin rejoined the Miami Heat, hoping to revive his NBA career after playing last season in China.

The 34-year-old Austin flourished in three seasons with the Heat (1996-98), earning the league's 1997 Most Improved Player award.

Unable to meet Austin's demands because of salary-cap restrictions, the Heat dealt him to the Los Angeles Clippers for Brent Barry following the 1997-98 season.

Austin signed a three-year, $15 million contract the next summer with the Orlando Magic and later played for Washington and Memphis.

Austin last played in the NBA with the Grizzlies during the 2001-02 season. He spent last year with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Also Monday, the Heat signed guard Joe Crispin. He averaged 4.6 points and 1.6 assists in 15 games with the Phoenix Suns last season.

Indiana Pacers: The Pacers requested waivers on Danny Ferry, the team said.

The Pacers also announced the signings of free-agent forwards Hiram Fuller, James Head and Mike Smith. They join Omar Cook, who signed with the team on Sept. 8. Terms were not disclosed.

Utah Jazz: Point guard Carlos Arroyo will be taking a day off from training camp to meet President Bush.

Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico, was invited to attend a White House reception Thursday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic athletes from NBA, Major League Baseball and the National Football League were invited to the ceremony.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

The Jazz open training camp Wednesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James passed his physical and is set to open training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The No. 1 overall draft pick and 12 other members of the Cavaliers with less than four years of NBA experience passed their physicals and will have their first practice at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Because of the attention on James, the club is bracing for a huge media contingent during the first week of two-a-day workouts. The Cavaliers' veterans are required to report on Thursday.

The 18-year-old James is the youngest member of the Cavaliers, followed by 20-year-old, second-year guard Dajuan Wagner.

Along with James and second-round draft pick Jason Kapono, the other new faces at camp include four unsigned players: guards Chris Carr and Tito Maddox and forwards Tony Farmer and Geoff Owens.

The Cavaliers will spend their first week practicing at Gund Arena before opening their preseason schedule Oct. 7 at Detroit.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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