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MMPG: Executive of the Year

Danny Ferry, Cleveland Cavaliers

Mo Williams, mo wins. (Getty Images)

Danny Ferry has been on the job for only four years, and he has learned from previous mistakes (such as overpaying Larry Hughes and Damon Jones) to turn the Cavaliers into a championship contender by making the right tweaks. He dumped more talented players in Hughes and Drew Gooden last season to add pieces that better complement the franchise cornerstone. After Cleveland lost in the second round, Ferry made the most significant move of the offseason, when he acquired point guard Mo Williams from Milwaukee. Williams appears to be the appropriate scoring sidekick for LeBron James and has helped the Cavaliers make a 21-game improvement from last season.

Others in consideration: Mark Warkentien, Denver Nuggets; Otis Smith, Orlando Magic; Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
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Nothing against Ferry but Cleveland has a payroll of $91M (second highest in the league) -- if money buys success, then Cleveland is doing what it should be doing. Ferry made one move - trading for Mo Williams. That was a significant move but has he done enough. No free agent signings. I think if most GMs were permitted to spend $21M over the luxury tax, they would do what Ferry did. Paying that much over, certainly allows for mistakes to be covered up -- there is not such leeway for GMs at or below the luxury tax.

Posted by: Chad32 | April 15, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"if money buys success, then Cleveland is doing what it should be doing."

Money only buys success if the person spending the money does so wisely. I've got 3 words for anyone who thinks that free spending guarantees results: New York Knicks.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

DUMB AZZ GM OF THE YEAR = Ernie Grunfeld LMAO!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 15, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing that the candidates are from teams that had the #1 pick and the pick panned out? - except the Nuggets who got Carmelo. Soon we'll be celebrating the genious of the guy who took Kevin Durant.

The GM award should go to the person who made a great team and didn't luck into a savior. The Celts are still the best example of that.

Posted by: cballer | April 15, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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