Nate McMillan and the Hawks have agreed to a four-year contract
Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks have allegedly hired Nate McMillan to a four-year contract that would make him the team’s official head coach. Hawks president Travis Schlenk told reporters Monday morning that the organization and McMillan had reached an agreement on a deal, but he didn’t go into detail. Since Lloyd Pierce’s firing in March, McMillan has been acting in an interim role. As a No. 5 seed, he guided the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals before being defeated in six games by the Bucks this week.
Great season and head coach Nate
Atlanta Hawks president and general manager Travis Schlenk announced in a press conference that Nate McMillan will remain as head coach. McMillan, who was hired as an interim coach, guided Atlanta to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2015 and only the second time in franchise history. The club ended the regular season in fifth place in the East with a 41–31 record.
An incredible run
After taking over on March 1, McMillan took the Hawks on an incredible run, leading them all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in the postseason. Since Lloyd Pierce’s firing in March, McMillan has been acting in an interim role. As a No. 5 seed, he guided the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals before being defeated in six games by the Bucks this week.
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McMillan took over the club when it was 14–20 and the Eastern Conference’s No. 10 seed. The Hawks ended 41–31, two victories short from their first participation in the Finals since 1961.
An outstanding job
Who knows if McMillan and the Hawks would still be playing if it hadn’t been for Trae Young’s unfortunate injury in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. According to everyone in the organization, from the players to Schlenk, McMillan has done an outstanding job of empowering everyone to execute their jobs to the best of their abilities, and he appears to be the ideal man for the job moving forward. The four-year deal puts him in good standing with the Hawks’ core group of players moving ahead, and McMillan and company will try to build on their outstanding 2020-21 season next season.
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