Report: Luol Deng report triggered Bruce Levenson’s sale, Danny Ferry’s punishment
The Hawks pursued Luol Deng in free agency, which was a smart decision. He would have provided a nice upgrade on the wing and fit well into Atlanta’s system.
Deng chose the Heat, and that appeared to end that.
But the Hawks’ interest in Deng this summer will have far-reaching repercussions.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
ESPN sources say that the player referred to in the initial Hawks' background report that triggered the ensuing investigation was Luol Deng— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 8, 2014
To review, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry repeated a “offensive and racist” part of a background report on Deng. That led to a Hawks co-owner calling for an investigation, which unearthed Bruce Levenson’s email, which is causing him to sell the team.
And to be clear, Deng has as much to do with the fates of Levenson and Ferry as Magic Johnson had to do with Donald Sterling. Deng wasn’t there and wasn’t involved. He just had his name mentioned.
Mostly, this is just a curiosity. Speaking of, who wrote the report and what exactly did it say?