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Hawks announce hiring of Nate McMillan as head coach

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The Atlanta Hawks and Nate McMillan have agreed to a four-year deal for him to become the team’s head coach, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk announced when speaking with the media Monday afternoon that he and McMillan had spoke and that an agreement had been made. Thursday afternoon, the Hawks made the move official via press release, and but did not confirm ESPN’s report that the deal is for four years.

McMillan led the Hawks to a tremendous run after taking over on an interim basis on March 1 after the firing of Lloyd Pierce, and obviously ultimately led them all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals during the postseason. McMillan had a 27-11 record in the regular season upon taking over, and then proceeded to knock out the New York Knicks and No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Had it not been for a freak injury to Trae Young in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, who knows, McMillan and the Hawks may still be playing. By all accounts around the organization, from the players to Schlenk himself, McMillan has been excellent in empowering everyone to do their job to the best of their ability, and appears to be the right man for the spot going forward.

The four-year pact aligns him nicely with the Hawks’ core group of players going forward, and McMillan & Co. will look to build on what was a fantastic 2020-21 run next season.