The Atlanta Hawks have promoted head coach Mike Budenholzer to president of basketball operations and have parted ways with general manager Danny Ferry, who was on an extended leave of absence. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the developments, and ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz confirmed the news.
Ferry’s ouster comes as no surprise. With a new ownership group taking over in the next week, it was widely expected that Ferry would be out. He was on a leave of absence after coming under fire for racially charged comments made about Luol Deng during a conference call last summer. That incident was part of a larger scandal involving Hawks owner Bruce Levenson, who has since sold the team.
With Ferry a goner (a buyout agreement has been reached) and Budenholzer taking charge of basketball operations, assistant general manager Wes Wilcox will take over as general manager. Budenholzer is now one of five head coaches also acting as team president.