The Atlanta Hawks haven't yet declared that they are moving on from the Larry Drew era but the writing is clearly on the wall. Its so clear now that Drew will start entertaining offers from other teams including the Milwaukee Bucks with whom he will meet this weekend to discuss their head coaching vacancy.
Danny Ferry is going through the process of interviewing others for the Hawks' head coaching position. Ferry hasn't yet ruled out Drew returning but Drew acknowledged on Friday to Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz that it appears to be a longshot.
"After talking with my adviser on this, he doesn't like the odds. I don't like the odds, either. That's why I've decided to move on with other organizations."
Besides the Bucks, Drew has reportedly drawn interest from one other unnamed NBA team. Previously he had been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers opening.
Drew and the Hawks exceded many of the media's expectations for the team this year but in the end that doesn't appear that it is going to be enough to save his job. He has amassed a 128-102 record in three seasons as the Hawks' head coach and led the team into the playoffs in all three seasons. However, Drew understands the situation and knows the transition phase that the franchise is going through under Ferry.
"Realistically, I wasn't Danny's hire from Day 1," he said. "I was Rick Sund's hire. Danny just kind of inherited me. I totally respect the position he took. He wants to do his due diligence and make sure I'm the right guy for the job. Really, this whole year, I was basically interviewing for the job. At end of day, if it happens to evolve back to me, I will be his hire."
Ferry hasn't set a timeframe for hiring a new coach. In the past it week it has been reported that he has met with Stan Van Gundy, Mike Budenholzer, Nate McMillan and CSKA Moscow head coach Ettore Messina.