Atlanta Hawks Coach Larry Drew Reportedly Looking for a New Job

Larry Drew and his staff have read the writing on the wall in Atlanta, and realize they’re on their way out (after going 128-102 in three seasons.) The Hawks are expected to relieve Drew and co. of their coaching duties this week. Per Yahoo! Sports and the AJC: “Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew and his staff have begun exploring other job opportunities in anticipation of the possibility they won’t be retained, league sources said. Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is expected to make a final decision by the middle of this week, sources said. One source close to the coaching staff believes there is a ‘slim chance’ the coaches will be brought back because Ferry has often talked about changing the franchise’s culture. The contracts of Drew and his staff expire July 1. […] Now at the end of a three-year contract, Drew anxiously awaits the decision about his future in Atlanta. General manager Danny Ferry said he will take some time following the season-ending playoff series loss to the Pacers to make the first of many offseason moves that lie ahead. The Hawks’ playoff appearance this season was unexpected by many around the NBA, the roster filled with expiring contracts. Drew said he is proud of the team’s most recent performance but conceded that this was easily his most trying season. ‘This thing could have gone either way, it really could have,’ Drew said Saturday, the day after being eliminated. ‘You bring in that many guys who are on one-year deals and certainly they are thinking about their futures. They have families. Everybody wants to play and play well so they have something down the road. And players come in here and know what my situation is. It was a test to pull this together and try to keep it together. I thought me and my staff did a good job with that. Some people say that we overachieved. I don’t know if that is the right word but given the situation, this team did not fold.'”