Coach Nate McMillan is expected to have the interim tag removed from his current standing with the Hawks, but if a extension isn’t agreed upon, the Celtics are likely to have a strong interest.
Per Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, until an extension between McMillan and the Hawks is reached, McMillan could test coaching free agency. Assuming that’s the case, the Celtics would have a strong interest.
McMillan has turned around the Hawks after former coach Lloyd Pierce was fired at the start of March — which is no surprise, given McMillan’s history. He has long tended to get the most from his players, his teams often overachieving.
The fairly young Hawks have advanced to the second round of the East playoffs, trailing their series vs. the top-seeded 76ers by a 2-1 count entering Monday night. So it seems like a long shot that the Hawks would let McMillan get away.
He has also coached the Pacers, Trail Blazers and SuperSonics, compiling an overall record of 688-599 in 17 total seasons. That includes a 27-11 mark to close out the regular season this year with the Hawks.
The Celtics are looking to replace Brad Stevens, now the team’s president of basketball operations.
Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Nets assistant Ime Udoka, Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley and Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee will all interview for the job, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Celtics appear to be leaning toward hiring a former player as their next coach, Fischer added.