The Atlanta Hawks are still searching for a new head coach and, as of this weekend, the team has a working list of six candidates that have interviewed for the post. However, buzz is beginning to form with one name at the center and that is Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce.
Pierce reportedly interviewed with the Hawks for the first time on Friday and, since then, Marc Spears of ESPN brought word that he was expected to land a second interview.
Sixers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce is expected to get a second interview with the Hawks for the head coach position, sources tell ESPN’s @TheUndefeated and @wojespn. Pierce and Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk used to work together with the Warriors. https://t.co/KNK3HjUvPv— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 6, 2018
Beyond that, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicates that Pierce “has a strong chance” to be offered the position if the next meeting, featuring Atlanta’s ownership, goes well.
Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce will meet with Atlanta ownership early this week on franchise's head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN. Pierce has a strong chance to earn job offer if that meeting goes well, sources said. @MarcJSpearsESPN reported Saturday on second interview.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 6, 2018
Wojnarowski also notes that Pierce “has emerged as a frontrunner” for the position, though he notes that Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts also met with ownership during the process.
Pierce is joined by Tibbets, Hawks assistant Darvin Ham, Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, Warriors assistant Jarron Collins and Hornets assistant Stephen Silas as the recognized candidates at this point. Still, he is the first to be reportedly engaged in a second interview and word like this from a source like Wojnarowski certainly paints a picture that centers on him as the leading candidate.
It remains to be seen what the next few days will hold and, of course, Pierce’s team is still actively engaged in the NBA Playoffs. Still, the Sixers are unlikely to advance on the heels of three straight losses to the Celtics and the stars could be aligning for an offer to take place.