Hawks name 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as head coach

By E.Jay Zarett 12 May 2018 1
Hawks name 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as head coach

Lloyd Pierce will become the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks after the Philadelphia 76ers assistant reached an agreement with the NBA franchise.

The Hawks made the announcement on Friday, though terms of the agreement were not disclosed, with the deal reportedly including three years guaranteed a long with a team option for a fourth season.

Pierce – who replaces Mike Budenholzer after he and the Hawks parted ways following five seasons in April – spent five years as Brett Brown's assistant coach in Philadelphia.

The 42-year-old also has spent time with the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in his 11 years as an NBA assistant.

"This is a day I've been working towards for a long time and it's an honor to be the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks," Pierce said. "I have great respect for Travis and strong belief in his plan to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta.

"After spending time with ownership, it's clear they have a deep investment in and commitment to making this a model organisation. This opportunity is a perfect fit for me, and I'm eager to get started."

The Hawks are expected to go into rebuilding mode after finishing last season with a 24-58 record. They failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006-2007.

Atlanta have three first-round picks in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft.

"As we set out to find a new head coach for our team, it was critically important to find a dynamic teacher who could connect with and develop our young core while instilling the culture and high standards we feel are necessary in a successful program," said Hawks general manager and head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk.

"Lloyd Pierce checks every box, and we couldn't be more excited to have him leading the Atlanta Hawks into the future."

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