Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, who has been on an extended leave of absence since last September, is ultimately expected to resign, according to Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ferry came under fire for racially charged comments made about Luol Deng during a free-agent conference call last summer. The investigation into Ferry’s comments uncovered a racially insensitive email sent out by team owner Bruce Levenson, who has since agreed to sell the team to a group led by Tony Ressler.
With that sale set to be completed later this month, a resolution of the Ferry situation is expected to come soon, and many in the organization reportedly believe he’ll step down. The thinking is that the new ownership group won’t want to deal with the distraction, although they’d rather not have to fire Ferry outright.
If Ferry leaves, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox would likely run basketball operations for the time being. Budenholzer is expected to get a new contract.