More than a week after getting bounced from the NBA playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks are still trying to figure out who's going to coach them next season. It might be Larry Drew, their coach the last three seasons. It might be someone else, since general manager Danny Ferry inherited Drew from the previous regime and made it clear he's looking at other options. At the moment, Drew remains in limbo. His contract expires at the end of June. Ferry has repeatedly praised the job Drew did while leading a team that had numerous players with expiring contracts. Despite the uncertainty, the Hawks made their sixth straight playoff appearance, though they were knocked out in the first round by the Indiana Pacers. That said, Ferry wants to make sure he's got the right guy on the sideline with massive roster changes looming this summer. "I have great appreciation and respect for Larry and how he led our team this season," Ferry said in a statement. "At the same time, it is my responsibility and in the best interests of the Hawks organization to consider all our options, and talk with other potential head coaches, before making a decision about who will lead our basketball team." The 55-year-old Drew was an assistant coach who moved up to take his first coaching job when Mike Woodson was fired in 2010. Drew has a 128-102 record and three straight playoff appearances, including a first-round upset of Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic his debut season. The Hawks were beaten in the first round the last two years, though this season just making the playoffs was considered a bit of a surprise after Ferry traded top scorer Joe Johnson as well as former first-round pick Marvin Williams, largely to dump two hefty salaries and acquire a bunch of players heading into the final year of their contracts. Atlanta got off a surprising start before sliding to the sixth seed after season-ending injuries to a pair of key backups, Lou Williams and Zaza Pachulia. The Hawks were beaten by the Pacers in six games and have only three players definitely under contract for next season.
Atlanta Hawks coaching search: Team still considering its options
Sporting News | May 14