Danny Ferry has left the front office of the NBA champion Spurs to become general manager of the Cavaliers, two league sources said last night.

Ferry, who played 10 seasons with the Cavaliers and is the son of former Bullets GM Bob Ferry, accepted the job yesterday, the sources told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ferry's hiring is expected to be announced today, one day before the NBA draft.

The Cavaliers don't have a selection but reportedly discussed trading F Jiri Welsch for a second-round pick. That deal could be easier to make now that the Cavaliers have found a replacement for Jim Paxson, who was fired the day after the season ended.

Ferry, who starred at DeMatha, spent the last two years as the Spurs' director of basketball operations under GM R.C. Buford. The 38-year-old Ferry played in a club-record 723 games for the Cavaliers from 1990 to 2000. He played the final three years of his career with the Spurs, where he worked with Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown, then an assistant with San Antonio.

The Cavaliers will have roughly $25 million to spend in the free agency period beginning July 1. The team also has to decide whether to re-sign all-star C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who made $14.6 million last season.

-- From News Services