Hawks looking at former Celtics coach Ime Udoka for head coaching vacancy, per report

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As the Atlanta Hawks prepare their look for a brand-new head coach in the wake of shooting Nate McMillan on Wednesday, the group is supposedly thinking about previous Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka, per Marc Stein. Udoka was the head coach of the Celtics last season and was suspended by the franchise for the whole 2022-23 season in September for a reported unsuitable relationship with a female team member.

Udoka, who coached the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, was changed in Boston by Joe Mazzulla, who just recently signed an agreement extension with the group to stay the head coach.

While the Hawks have an interest in Udoka, Atlanta’s prominent prospect for the task is previous Utah Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Snyder, who was an assistant coach for the Hawks under Mike Budenholzer, who is now in Milwaukee, led allure to 6 successive playoff looks, missing out on the postseason simply two times in his 8 seasons there.

Other prospects the Hawks are supposedly thinking about are Bucks assistant Charles Lee, Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez, Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, Spurs assistant Mitch Johnson and G League South Bay’s Miles Simon, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Lee likewise acted as an assistant for the Hawks under Budenholzer and is thought about a “major” prospect for the opening.

Whoever lands the Hawks task will acquire a lineup cluttered with skill, including 2 All-Star guards in Trae Young and Dejounte Murray You would believe that a lineup including those 2 would have a record much better than 29-30, however McMillan might not harness the skills of Young and Murray to produce a dominant offending attack. That will be the primary job of the next head coach as the Hawks attempt to construct a championship-contending group around Young.

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