Atlanta Hawks ‘begin formal discussions with Quin Snyder’ to become next head coach after firing Nate McMillan, as team looks for midseason spark after All-Star break
The Atlanta Hawks have started formal discussions with former Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, according to a new report.
Atlanta are in the market for a new head coach after firing Nate McMillan Tuesday, with the team sitting at 29-30 after the All-Star break.
And according to The Athletic, Snyder could be the man to replace him, as both sides have had a ‘mutual interest’ in each other.
Snyder coached the Jazz for eight seasons and made the playoffs six times, molding the team into one of the league’s best regular-season offenses and compiling a 372-264 record.
However, Snyder could not lead a roster led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert past the conference semifinals, with all three departing the franchise after a first-round exit last season.
Quin Snyder could soon be back on an NBA sideline if he agrees to coach the Atlanta Hawks
He coached the Jazz for eight seasons and led the team to six postseason appearances
The Athletic, citing unnamed sources, reported that the Hawks and Snyder had a virtual meeting on Wednesday, and are planning an in-person meeting for the ‘very near future.’
Additionally, the report stated that Atlanta has identified Bucks assistant Charles Lee, Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez, Warriors assistant (and former Atlanta assistant) Kenny Atkinson, Spurs assistant Mitch Johnson and G League South Bay’s Miles Simon as other candidates.
The coaching search comes after McMillan spent parts of the last three seasons in Atlanta, with the highlight being the team’s surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021.
Nate McMillan brought the team to the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2020-21 season
But he and Trae Young had reportedly clashed this season with the team sputtering
However, the team had lost eight of their last 13 games entering the All-Star break, and tensions had been bubbling with McMillan and the team’s star player, Trae Young.
The Athletic reported in December that the team was ‘managing simmering issues’ between the pair, as they ‘had an exchange at a shootaround that led to Young choosing not to attend the team’s home win over the Nuggets.’
The Hawks are currently eighth in the East, 3.5 games behind the sixth-seeded Knicks, putting them in the play-in tournament.
They’ll look to get their season back on track vs. the Cavs on Friday.