Ex-players Danny Ferry, Nick Van Exel land new jobs on NBA teams

Nick Van Exel on benchFormer NBA players Danny Ferry and Nick Van Exel have been announced to land new jobs on NBA teams, according to NBA’s official website.

Nick Van Exel was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach. The terms of his deal were not revealed.

Van Exel, who played in the NBA from 1993-2006, was head coach of the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends this past season. He previously had been an assistant with the Legends and Milwaukee Bucks as well as an Atlanta Hawks player development instructor.

An All-Star in 1998, Van Exel appeared in 880 NBA games (670 started), averaging 14.4 ppg, 6.6 apg in 32.9 minutes on the court.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, also an ex-player, said that he has hired former NBA player and front office executive Danny Ferry as a special adviser.

danny-ferry-spursDemps believes Ferry’s “experience, insight and achievements will be a welcomed addition.”

Ferry’s most recent NBA job was with Atlanta, where he was general manager from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he spent a couple seasons in San Antonio’s front office.

From 2005 to 2010, Ferry was Cleveland’s GM, building a team around LeBron James that reached the 2007 NBA finals.

As a player, Ferry spent 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. Ferry won the NBA title with the Spurs in 2003. He played in 917 regular season games (started in 186), averaging career 7 ppg, 2.8 rpg in 19.8 mpg.

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