Note: this article includes a correction to the originally published version.
After several days of rumors and speculation regarding potential changes to the Atlanta Hawks front office structure, the organization finally put out a formal statement today regarding how the restructuring will be managed. The short version is that Coach Mike Budenholzer will no longer have a formal role in the front office, although he will remain involved in personnel decisions. Wes Wilcox is out as the GM but is being retained as a special advisor to ownership.
The search for a new leader of basketball operations is in progress.
Now, we are learning, per Marc Stein of ESPN, that Joe Dumars and David Griffin could be targets in the organization’s search to replace Budenholzer as head of the Hawks front office.
League sources say Joe Dumars and David Griffin are expected to emerge as candidates in the Hawks' search for a new lead front-office voice— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 5, 2017
Joe Dumars served as President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons, the only team for whom he played during his 14-year NBA career, from 200-2014. David Griffin is currently serving as the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers but does not have a contract for beyond this season.
Both Dumars and Griffin have history with Hawks minority owner Grant Hill, as noted by Stein.
Dumars, of course, played alongside Hawks minority owner Grant Hill in Detroit; Griffin was a Suns executive when Hill arrived in Phoenix— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 5, 2017
Hill played alongside Dumars during his first six seasons of his career with the Pistons. Griffin was a part of the Phoenix Suns front office when Hill signed as a free agent with the organization in the summer of 2011. Hill would play for 5 seasons with the Suns.
More names are certainly likely to surface as the search for a head of basketball operations takes shape. Stay tuned!