Report: Nate McMillan, Atlanta Hawks Discuss Head Coaching Job

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I think it’s safe to say that Larry Drew and Atlanta Hawks’ general manager Danny Ferry have an “open” professional relationship these days.

Drew is under contract through June, but Ferry has given him permission to talk to other teams while Ferry decides whether or not to extend Drew or bring in a coach of his own choosing (Drew was hired before Ferry took over as Hawks’ GM).

Rumors linked Stan Van Gundy to the Hawks last week, and today Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via reported that Nate McMillan interviewed for the job.

McMillan is a sexier name than Larry Drew, but he was never able to turn his Portland team into a contender during his time with the Blazers.  There’s a reasonable argument that he wouldn’t represent much of an upgrade over Drew.

If I had to bet on it, I’d say that this is just Danny Ferry doing his due diligence.  If Ferry decides to make a change, I think the name people aren’t talking about enough is Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer.  Budenholzer and Ferry worked together during Ferry’s two stints in San Antonio’s front office.

Say what you want about the way Ferry is handling this process with Larry Drew, but Ferry is probably the most competent general manager that Atlanta has had in quite a while.

He’s the man who traded Joe Johnson and his massive contract to Brooklyn, got rid of Marvin Williams and put the Hawks in position to be power brokers in free agency this offseason.

Given that, whatever decision Ferry makes about his team’s coach will likely get the benefit of the doubt amongst Hawks’ fans.

2 thoughts on “Report: Nate McMillan, Atlanta Hawks Discuss Head Coaching Job

  • If this happens we will all witness.He is a great coach.Portland was stupid for letting this man go.What he did to the lakers should be remebered.Even thou they did not win the seris the way he broke the trianlge offense down on the defensive end was the blueprint to what larry brown used to beat the Lakers.If this happens we miami and pacers fans should be very afraid.As far as mcmillians shortcoming please do not forget the entire team had injury and illnesses the hole time he was there and the man still won a great portion of his games.He is the man for the job.

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