From Trae Young on down the roster, the Atlanta Hawks "were eager to hear a new voice" as head coach, which led to the decision to replace Lloyd Pierce with Nate McMillan, sources tell The Athletic.

Sources also tell The Athletic that "player support beyond Young was dwindling at the end, with several sharing their desire for a change with management recently."

Several players had a lack of trust in Pierce and also expressed issues with his communication style.

Sources also tell The Athletic that Pierce may have even been fired during the 2020 offseason if not for factors ranging from the premature end to their season due to the pandemic and the social justice movement in which he played a key role.