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Hawks hire Lloyd Pierce as new head coach on three-year deal

The Atlanta Hawks have found their replacement for Mike Budenholzer.

The Hawks have hired Lloyd Pierce as their new head coach and will make the announcement on Monday. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Pierce is getting a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year.

Pierce, 42, is an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and has been with them since 2013. He has been with the team throughout “The Process,” which makes him a good fit for the rebuilding Hawks.

“The main reason is just looking at their young players,” Pierce told the Philly Inquirer this week about what makes him a good fit. “They got four guys in the draft. They got a couple of young players that are on their roster. So what’s most important when you are dealing with young players and young talent, it’s the development and relational side of that. …

“It’s kind of my track record. It’s anybody’s track record of how do you communicate, how do you work with players, how do you develop, what does that mean?”

Atlanta has a good chance to land a very high pick in the upcoming draft, which should help with their rebuild.


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