Danny Ferry came back to the Cavaliers yesterday as the club's GM. Armed with a five-year contract, he'll take over a team with $25 million in salary cap space to spend this summer on free agents to complement star F LeBron James.
Team owner Dan Gilbert has talked with Larry Brown about the Pistons coach becoming the Cavs' president of basketball operations if he doesn't coach next season. But Gilbert indicated that Brown is no longer in the Cavs' immediate plans.
"This organization right now can't wait to move forward," Gilbert said. "As of now, Larry Brown is not coming to this organization. . . . He's a great guy and we're all in awe of him. But I feel real good about our team."
Back with the Cavaliers, Ferry will get reacquainted with a few fans who have never gotten over Cleveland's 1989 trade that sent Ron Harper, two first-round picks and a second-rounder to the Los Angeles Clippers for Ferry and F Reggie Williams.
Ferry laughed loudly when asked if he would have made the same deal.
"No comment," he said.
* MOVES: The Bucks made qualifying offers to C Dan Gadzuric and F-C Zaza Pachulia, making them restricted free agents. . . .
The Clippers made a qualifying offer to G Marko Jaric. . . .
The Raptors have exercised their option on F Chris Bosh. Bosh will become a restricted free agent after the 2006-07 season. . . .
The Nets declined an option on F Clifford Robinson for the 2005-06 season, saving $5 million on their salary cap next year. . . .
The Bobcats made qualifying offers to F Gerald Wallace and Gs Keith Bogans, Matt Carroll and Jason Kapono.
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