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 width=>>Adam Silver Defends Danny Ferry

(Barcelona, Spain) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is taking the side of Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry. Silver told "USA Today" on Wednesday that Ferry does not deserve to be fired for his racially charged remarks regarding former free agent Luol Deng. Silver explained in detail that Ferry has a clean track record and he was relaying a scouting report on Deng during a conference call with owners and basketball personnel. Silver also noted that this is a team decision but in his eyes, it is not a terminable offense. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has also indicated he has no plans to fire Ferry.

>>Brand, Hawks Agree To Deal

(Undated) -- Elton Brand is staying with the Atlanta Hawks. Yahoo! Sports reports the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth two-million-dollars. Brand averaged 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game with the Hawks last season, his first with the team. He's posted career averages of 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 15 seasons in the NBA.

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