May 17, 2013 5:26 PM EDT
Larry Drew will interview for the Milwaukee Bucks' head coaching vacancy on Monday and is receiving interest from a second team.
The Bucks called Danny Ferry about speaking with Drew, who is still under contract with the Atlanta Hawks until June 30, and they were granted permission.
“I’ve moved on from the situation,” Drew said. “We had a very professional talk just trying to get things in order since I’m still under contract.”
While Drew is prepared to part ways with the Hawks, the door is not completely closed on him returning as coach.
“There is not a sadness,” Drew said. “This is a business. We left open that this could evolve back. If it doesn’t, I have to move on. That’s how this business works. I knew that. Nine years is a good run. There is a business side to this profession."
May 17, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks have interviewed Stan Van Gundy and Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position.
Nate McMillan previously interviewed for the position.
The Hawks are reportedly in the middle stages of the hiring process.
May 17, 2013 2:43 AM EDT
Ettore Messina has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
Messina was born in Italy and is the current coach of CSKA Moscow. Messina is a four-time Euroleague championship coach and two-time Euroleague coach of the year.
Messina was part of the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching staff during the 11-12 NBA season.
Messina left the NBA to take a $1 million-plus a year job with CSKA.
Danny Ferry recently scouted CSKA at last weekend's Euroleague Final Four.
Stan Van Gundy and Quin Snyder are also candidates.
May 15, 2013 9:31 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks interviewed Nate McMillan for their head coaching job on Wednesday, according to sources.
Larry Drew remains under contract until June 30 and a final decision on whether he will be offered a new deal has yet to be determined.
Drew, however, is highly unlikely to return.
McMillan already has interviewed this offseason with the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.
Danny Ferry is interested in Stan Van Gundy, but he is unlikely to return to coaching next season.
May 12, 2013 8:09 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks enter the offseason with Josh Smith's free agency amongst their most pressing issues.
The Hawks will likely seek sign-and-trade packages involving Smith in order to receive assets in return.
The Hawks also have cap space and are expected to pursue Dwight Howard.
Smith will be an unrestricted free agent.
May 10, 2013 8:29 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks are pursuing Stan Van Gundy for their head coach vacancy.
Danny Ferry and Van Gundy have been in contact, but have yet to meet in person about the opportunity.
The Hawks also plan on pursuing Dwight Howard and there is a growing belief that a reunion would be of interest.
Sources say Van Gundy holds Ferry in high regard.
The Hawks have not made a final decision on Larry Drew, but it is assumed he won't be back unless they are unable to secure a deal with any of their top targets.
May 07, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
Mike Budenholzer and Quin Snyder are considered the leading candidates to replace Larry Drew as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, according to a source.
The Hawks have yet to formally decide on the future of Drew.
Budenholzer is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, where Danny Ferry had multiple stints in the front office.
Snyder also worked with Ferry in the Spurs' organization and they were teammates together at Duke in the eighties.
May 06, 2013 4:41 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks have let Kyle Korver know that they want to re-sign him in free agency this offseason, and the interest in staying together is mutual.
“They said they would like to work something out, so we’ll talk in July,” Korver said. “I really enjoyed my year here in Atlanta. I enjoyed the team. I enjoyed the organization. I believe (general manager) Danny Ferry is going to do some great things here. I think he has a great opportunity to bring in guys who are going to play fun basketball.
“You know the vision he has. You know the kind of basketball that he likes to watch, and I think he’s going to bring in those types of guys, and I like the same basketball that he likes. So, I’m very open to coming back here.”
Korver, obtained in last offseason's trade with the Chicago Bulls, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
May 06, 2013 4:10 PM EDT
Larry Drew and his coaching staff have begun searching for new opportunities as they remain in limbo in regards to their status for next season with the Atlanta Hawks, according to sources.
Danny Ferry is expected to reach a decision about their future by the middle of this week. One source said the odds are long that Ferry will bring back Drew and his staff.
Drew's contract expires on July 1.
Drew has a 128-102 record in three seasons with the Hawks.
May 04, 2013 10:29 AM EDT
Josh Smith will explore his options this summer when he becomes a free agent.
Smith will become an unrestricted free agent when the market opens in July.
“The only thing I know is I want to be able to experience free agency,” Smith said after the Atlanta Hawks were eliminated Friday in Game 6 of their first-round series by Indiana. “I want to explore my options and see what’s out there. I don’t have any certain idea what’s going to happen.”
Smith was asked what went through his mind as he walked off the court at Phillips Arena.
“As I walked off the court, everything just sort of hit me,” Smith said late Friday night. “Just the uncertainty of what the future holds. Just thinking about all of the relationships I’ve had here and the people who’ve crossed my path since I’ve been here. I just … I just don’t know.”
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Apr 13, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Talks between the Hawks and Josh Smith never got serious because Smith made it clear that he wanted to make it to free agency.
Larry Drew has guided the Hawks to the postseason in each of his three seasons and has compiled a 127-100 regular-season record.
Devin Harris has missed 20 games this season due to issues with his foot.
Kyle Korver will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Shelvin Mack has appeared in five games for the Hawks this season.
Zaza Pachulia has missed seven straight games with a sore right Achilles.
NBA officials missed the call that led to Kobe Bryant’s severe ankle injury.
Mar 09, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Rockets continue to plan for an offseason in which they will pursue a prominent free agent big man.
The Celtics nearly acquired Josh Smith in a deal that would have sent Paul Pierce to the Mavericks.
Mike Scott is averaging 24.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 37.3 minutes in the D-League.
Shelvin Mack has averaged 20.1 points, 7.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 40.3 minutes per game in the D-League this season.
Jeremy Tyler played in one game with the Hawks.
Mar 01, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Hawks fully expected to find a trade involving Josh Smith before the deadline.
Kyle Korver will be a free agent after this season.
Josh Smith can sign a four-year, $72.39 million contract with another team.
The Hawks have traded Anthony Morrow to the Mavericks for Dahntay Jones.
The Hawks appeared to get the closest to an agreement on a trade with the Bucks on Josh Smith.
With the deadline in its final hour, the Bucks continue to discuss a trade for Josh Smith with the Hawks.
The Rockets presumably could sign Josh Smith outright in the summer with their cap space.
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Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh are amongst the players discussed that would go the Hawks for Josh Smith and Devin Harris.
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