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It has been a quiet offseason for the Atlanta Hawks thus far who will be facing a decision soon on the status of general manager Rick Sund who is reportedly a candidate for the same position with the Philadelphia 76ers. Sund's contract with the Hawks expires at the end of June and he is reportedly considering retirement. That hasn't prevented his name from popping up in rumors for the job in Portland and now in Philadelphia.
Atlanta general manger Rick Sund is also believed to be a potential candidate. Sund's contract expires at the end of the month, and there is no word from Atlanta or Sund on whether he will be extended. Last month the Hawks denied Portland's request to speak with Sund regarding its hunt for a GM. Portland eventually filled the position with former Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey.
Atlanta picked up the contract option of Larry Drew shortly after the season ended ending any speculation that the Hawks would be in the market for a new head coach. By sticking with the status quo many read into that an announcement involving Sund was just around the corner. That announcement still hasn't come but it would seem unlikely that the team would go into the draft without Sund or another general manager in place.
Sund was reportedly approached by Hawks management about a contract extension during the season but put that decision off until after the season. Reports indicated that Atlanta denied Portland's request to speak with Sund about its then vacant GM position.
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