Hawks Fire Coach Nate McMillan

The Hawks have fired coach Nate McMillan just ahead of the stretch run toward the playoffs, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

McMillan led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago, before an uneven season last year and again in this one. The Hawks (29-30) are currently in eighth place in the East.

Assistant Joe Prunty will serve as interim coach, Wojnarowski added.

The Hawks later confirmed the news in a press release.

McMillan was hired by former GM Travis Schlenk, who was moved into an advisory role earlier this season. Schlenk was replaced by Landry Fields, with Kyle Korver being promoted to assistant GM shortly after.

“Decisions like these, especially in-season, are always extremely difficult, but we believe it’s in the best interest of our team to move forward with another voice leading the way,” Fields said.

Former Jazz coach Quin Snyder is said to be among those who are on the Hawks’ radar, per Wojnarowski. Snyder is a former assistant coach in Atlanta.

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