The Atlanta Hawks are getting themselves ready for the coming season. Not only are they trying to develop their young core but also have high hopes of hopefully getting a playoff spot in the East.
Following a tough season for the franchise which included a 20-47 record and not being invited to the 'seeding games' in Orlando, they are ready to bounce back.
The team announced former Pacers coach, Nate McMillan has been appointed Hawks assistant coach.
McMillan has a 661-588 record in 16 seasons as an NBA coach, including with Seattle, Portland and Indiana. The Pacers fired McMillan during the offseason after being swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Heat.
Head Coach Lloyd Pierce talked about what a great opportunity is for the squad to have Nate McMillan.
"This is a unique opportunity that will benefit me, our coaching staff and our entire roster. In his 16 years as a successful NBA head coach, his teams have emulated his playing style and personality."
Turns out there are more good news for the Hawks fans, as Atlanta is a possible trade destination for Pelicans guard, Jrue holiday. NY Times' Marc Stein reported the veteran guard is expected to decline his $27 million option for 2021-22 and become a free agent after this season.
The Hawks have emerged as a potential trade destination for New Orleans' Jrue Holiday in multi-team trade scenarios that would involve Atlanta's No. 6 pick in next week's draft, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 11, 2020
Led by Trae Young and a great young core which includes DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish, the Hawks have the potential to make a run in the Eastern Conference. Maybe adding McMillan to the coaching staff and possibly trading for Holiday is what the team needs in order to get over the hump.