Nate McMillan Agrees on Reported 4-Year Contract to Be Hawks HC After Interim Role

Adam WellsJuly 5, 2021

Atlanta Hawks' head coach Nate McMillan reacts to a call during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
AP Photo/Aaron Gash

After leading the Atlanta Hawks on an incredible turnaround that culminated with a run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Nate McMillan is getting the interim tag taken off his title. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk told reporters Monday that they have an agreement in place for McMillan to become their full-time head coach. 

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal will be for four years. 

McMillan joined Atlanta's staff in November as an assistant under head coach Lloyd Pierce. 

After starting the season 14-20, Pierce was fired on March 1 and McMillan took over on an interim basis.

The Hawks proceeded to win their first eight games after the coaching change. They finished the regular season 27-11 under McMillan and won the Southeast Division for the first time since 2014-15. 

Entering the postseason as the No. 5 seed, the Hawks beat the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2015. 

The Hawks season came to an end with a 118-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 on Saturday. 

Even though their playoff run was halted sooner than they would have liked, the Hawks' future looks incredibly bright.

Trae Young became a bonafide superstar in the playoffs. John Collins is eligible for restricted free agency this offseason, but every other key contributor during the 2020-21 season is under contract for next year. 

McMillan clearly unlocked the full potential of this Atlanta roster, and now he's been rewarded for his efforts.   


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