Hawks head coach Nate McMillan has “strongly considered” the possibility of resigning from his position, league sources with knowledge of the situation tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Charania’s report comes just weeks after he and Sam Amick of The Athletic described a verbal confrontation between McMillan and Hawks star Trae Young. McMillan’s job security came into question following that incident, per Charania, but sources tell The Athletic that his job has been considered safe and the team wants him to finish the season in his role.
However, McMillan “appears to be near the end of his tenure with the Hawks after the season,” Charania writes, which presumably means the club is mulling the idea of making a coaching change in the spring — if McMillan hasn’t stepped down before then.
Sources tell The Athletic that no McMillan resignation is imminent and that he and new head of basketball operations Landry Fields have had positive recent conversations about the direction of the team.
Still, Charania points to the alleged confrontation between McMillan and Young as a sign of the “disconnect” between the two. Given that Young is in the first season of a five-year, $215MM contract, he’s unlikely to be the odd man out if the franchise ultimately has to make a decision between its head coach and its star player.
As Charania observes, McMillan spoke last week about the challenges of coaching today’s players, telling reporters, “They see the game different than when I played it and when I started coaching.”
The Hawks hoped to take a major step forward this year after trading for Dejounte Murray over the summer, but it has been up and down season in Atlanta so far. The team has an underwhelming 17-18 record and ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference.
McMillan was initially hired in 2020 by Travis Schlenk, first as an assistant, then as Lloyd Pierce‘s replacement in 2021. Schlenk transitioned last week from Atlanta’s president of basketball operations to a senior advisory role.
According to Charania, the Hawks made some other changes to their front office while reassigning Schlenk and promoting Fields — senior adviser Rod Higgins, director of pro scouting Stephen Giles, and VP of player personnel Derek Pierce were all let go, sources tell The Athletic. It remains to be seen whether a coaching shake-up will follow the one that occurred in the front office.
25 thoughts on “Hawks’ Nate McMillan Has Considered Resigning”
Things change fast in the NBA. Just two years ago the Hawks were on their way up. Now they’re a total mess.
Yeah, The most notable mistake that the Hawks made was trading Kevin Huerter for Justin Holiday and Moe Harkless which was a downgrade at the wing position.
All trae here , the house still has good bones
Time for a Traede
Yep. After the way they manhandled my Knicks in that playoff series, I never would have guessed that in such a short time–and with the addition of Murray, no less–they’d be this bad.
Schlenk FO got the blame quickliy for bad results, extensions and trades.
Hard to say if Hawks are a mess, at least they make moves and reshape quickliy unlike the Knicks who are stuck in the middle every season.
It’s hard to pinpoint where the Hawaks went asTraey.
I don’t know how any human with a functioning frontal cortex can deal with this generation. They literally destroy everything they touch.
OK, Grandpa BloodFarts.
“Stay off my lawn!!!”
I can see how this is the case in sports but that’s about it.
Wow. Not enough to be a loser, have to be a quitter too. Wonder how Sankara feels about his championship contender Hawks
They don’t have the right players, and Murray was available, but not the right guy. Murray hasn’t diminished his trade value, so hopefully someone will take him in the off-season. Hunter has missed games as usual. Not sure if Young is a primadonna, or not, but its too early to say that, and blame roster chemistry solely on coach & young.
Chowan College great, Nate McMillan
Hagerstown JC bussd Chowan’s and his @ss tho
Knew this was a mediocre team before the season started – they really overachieved in the 2021 playoffs but this is a flawed roster.
Trae and Dantoni seem like a great mix. Won’t win a championship but will be fun to watch.
I have always been a Nate McMillan fan. If he leaves Atlanta, I’d love to see another team move him up into an administrative role.
Nate McMillian is a real basketball coach, a dying breed in the NBA. Hate to see it take another hit. But if he’s not being allowed to coach the team, or he’s lost his energy for it, then, yeah, he probably should resign. Staying, just to be front man/ fall guy just for the paycheck, might be his best choice financially, but its not one any real basketball fan should want to see. On the other hand, if he’s still committed to the cause, then he should be the first name in the keeper group.
The principal decision makers here (the owner and his new consiglieri Fields) don’t have a history (together or otherwise), so its hard to know their self assessment much less what moves are likely coming. But there are some troubling (for ATL fans) sign posts on the road.
So now Trae sees things differently but last year he didn’t?? Makes no sense. Maybe the team just sucks.
Time to let Nick Van Exel take over
Can’t help that Trae is chucking 7 3’s a game at 31% clip. And Murray definately isn’t playing as well as he did last year. Add that to John Collins’ shooting woes and disgruntled attitude… And Hunter is just decent – he isn’t developing into that OG-type of player they had expected – top defender in his draft class etc etc..
Huerter: 15 pts, 1.1 Steals, 41% 3P, 0.3 BPM and 13.9 PER…. vs Hunter: 15 pts, 0.4 Steals, 35% 3P -3.6 BPM and 11.1 PER.
Maybe they should have dealt the hyped up and injury prone Hunter?
‘Bout time & good riddance Mr McMillan!
Fire him and trade Trae. Murray is better anyway. Makes his teammates better, plays defense, rebounds and is shooting better than Trae anyway.