Sources: Hawks, Danny Ferry talk

Updated: June 22, 2012, 8:55 PM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine

The Atlanta Hawks have spoken with Danny Ferry about becoming the club's next general manager, according to league sources.

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Ferry, the vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs, would replace Rick Sund as the Hawks' lead basketball decision maker.

Sund's contract ends on June 30 and, sources say, he is not interested in returning for a fifth year as the Hawks' GM. Sund could either remain with the organization as a consultant or move on.

Ferry, who built the Cleveland Cavaliers into one of the league's top teams as the club's GM from 2005-2010, is one of the most respected and coveted basketball minds in the league and is also being courted by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers have spoken to Ferry about replacing Rod Thorn in their front office.

The Atlanta position likley would give Ferry more power and autonomy, which is a critical factor in his decision, sources said.

In Philadelphia, it's possible Ferry would have to answer to coach Doug Collins, who hopes to have final say in basketball matters within the organization.