Report: Nate McMillan has “strongly considered” stepping down as head coach of the Hawks

Nate McMillan

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Nate McMillan is considering resigning as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks:

2022 has been a disaster for the Hawks thus far. There are rumors of trades, players not being happy, coaches not being happy, and former GM Travis Schlenk has already stepped down and moved into an advisory role. The Hawks are currently 17-18 and the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference. McMillan brought a lot of energy to the Hawks during their Eastern Conference Finals run in 2021 after Lloyd Pierce was fired, but the Hawks have been struggling since. Last year was a letdown as the Heat dispatched of the Hawks following the play-in tournament. Against the Nets, McMillan made a critical error by not calling a timeout when the Hawks had a chance to take the lead in a one point game. Dejounte Murray stood up for his coach, but this was still a horrible error:

McMillan resigning isn’t a foregone conclusion, but here’s what Charania had to say:

Along with repositioning Schlenk, league sources say the Hawks have let go of three front-office executives in the past week: senior adviser Rod Higgins, director of pro scouting Stephen Giles and vice president of player personnel Derek Pierce. All three were well-respected within the Hawks, who made the moves as part of organizational restructuring.

As for McMillan, he’s still tasked with turning around the Hawks’ season. But in these times of frustration and change in Atlanta, it remains to be seen how long his patience — and that of all the team’s stakeholders — lasts.

We’ll see if McMillan makes it into the New Year, as it’s obvious the Hawks and McMillan are considering a change.


Photographer: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

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