Former Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew has agreed in principle to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Drew served as the head coach in Atlanta for three seasons after also working under Mike Woodson as an assistant. Drew and Rockets' assistant Kelvin Sampson were in Milwaukee for a second interview on Wednesday but Bucks general manager John Hammond confirmed on Friday that Drew had been selected for the job.
"After a thorough search and interview process, it was clear to us that Larry's track record in Atlanta, along with his experience as an assistant coach and player, make him the right choice to lead our club," Hammond said in a statement. "We look forward to what he will bring this franchise and we welcome him and his family to Milwaukee."
Drew's contract with the Bucks is reportedly for three years with a team option for a fourth. Drew had a one year deal in Atlanta with two team options which the club picked up. The Hawks hired Mike Budenholzer to replace Drew on Tuesday.
Larry Drew took over for Mike Woodson in Atlanta and was able to keep the Hawks in the playoffs while slowly moving them away from a heavy isolation offense to more of a style that favored motion along with ball movement. The Hawks upset the Magic in the first round of the playoffs during Drew's first season but lost in the first round each of the past two.