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Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:55 pm

BOSTON -- The Hawks are close to making an offer for their head coaching position, with strong indications that Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey will be the choice, sources told Thursday. But one of the sources cautioned that some members of the organization remain undecided among the candidates Atlanta has interviewed who are still available: Casey, Mark Jackson and assistant coach Larry Drew.

A decision is expected by the end of the weekend, with the Hawks scheduled to host pre-draft workouts on Monday, sources said. One person involved in the process said that all signs pointed to the Hawks moving forward with an offer to Casey as of mid-day Thursday. But later in the day, another person familiar with the situation said there was no final decision.

The team has yet to extend a formal offer, and the negotiation with Casey could take longer than expected given that his agent, Warren LeGarie, is traveling to the West Coast from Europe. The process has been delayed due to Jackson's broadcast schedule during the NBA Finals and the travel schedules of key members of the Hawks' ownership group. The indecision is the latest example of how difficult the decision-making process is for the Hawks, whose diverse ownership group is scattered among Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

Casey has been the favorite to replace Mike Woodson from the beginning of the Hawks' search, given his working relationship with GM Rick Sund dating to their days together in Seattle, when Casey was associate head coach under Nate McMillan and Sund was the GM. reported May 20 that it was Casey's job to lose.

Drew, a loyal member of Woodson's staff, has emerged as a strong in-house option in the past two weeks. If the Hawks decide to enter negotiations with Casey, it is believed that Drew would be amenable to staying with the Hawks as Casey's top assistant. His relationship with the existing players, especially headstrong forward Josh Smith, would make him a valuable asset to Casey during the transition period.

In addition to Casey, Jackson and Drew, the Hawks also interviewed Portland assistant Dean Demopoulos and former Mavs coach Avery Johnson, who was named coach of the Nets Thursday.


Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:37 am

Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

I don't understand why people want Joe Johnson gone so bad.  Believe me, if he leaves we won't make the playoffs next year.  We don't have the cap space to sign anyone comparable this year and don't have a high enough draft pick to take an impact player.

The only way we get anything for him is a sign and trade and I'm not sure how many teams would want to explore that option with us.  Please thing back to the year before Joe came and about those 13 wins.  I remember them and I also remember every year since then.  Hawks basketball is more exciting because of him and I just don't understand how a true Hawks fan can say we are better off without him.

That being said, I don't think he's worthy of a max level contract that would hinder us from resigning Al Horford after next year.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 10:32 pm

Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

The fact is Casey is not a new coach.  He coached the Timberwolves and didn't do a very good job.  The Hawks interviewed Avery Johnson twice.  They never interviewed Byron Scott.  Both of these coaches have taken teams to the finals and would have gained some respect from the core group.  I have nothing against getting a new coach with no experience, but if you are going to do that, then get someone with a good resume.  Ty Corbin should have gotten an interview.  He has sat next to Jerry Sloan for years and should get a shot.  Mark Jackson talks a good game and has been interviewed; why not him? 

The problem with these guys (owners and front office) seems to be they are too cheap.  And they get really defensive whenever anyone calls them out on this topic of being cheap and being dysfunctional.  Someone on one of the local stations said it best the other afternoon - the Hawks have no respect from the NBA or the other teams.  This just goes to show why.  Hello mediocrity. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 9:03 pm

Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

The Hawks seem to be in dreamland. They need a coach that the young players will respect and play hard for. Woodson was not the man and any assistant will be the same. A coach that has been around for a while is a better option. Avery Johnson is good with young players and would have been a good fit, but probably money played a part. This is a very important time for the Hawks with JJ leaving [ hopefully] A good signing here is imperative, both coach and free agents. It seems that the Hawks are 0 for 1 do far. Hope they do better in free agency.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 8:23 pm

Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

why are you guys complaining. its time for some new blood, phil jackson was once a new coach, so was popavich, or maybe they should keep recycling coaches.

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2010 7:47 pm

NBA Finals next year - book it

great hire, he will lead the Hawks all the way.  Now if we can free up a little more cap space to re-sign J R Rider....

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2010 7:14 pm

Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

I hope Casey ends up being a good hire but I don't see him doing anything better than Woodson.   The Hawks front office is a joke who doesnt know how to draft or sign impact players (other than Joe Johnson).  No coach can do anything better with the players they got.  The front office drafts Marvin Williams instead of Chris Paul or Deron Williams and only two draft picks (Horford, Smith) has even turned out to be a good pro player in the past 10 yrs.  The problem is the front office who doesn't know how to surround a coach with good players!

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 6:28 pm

Hawks closing in on coach; signs point to Casey

Ok so who do you think the Hawks should hire???

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 6:13 pm

Hawks Ownership is ridiculous

Great teams don't hire retread coaches who have never won.  Hawks ownership continues to have no clue.  If the Hawks were ever going to make the next step and become an elite team, then Casey is not the coaching hire you make.  This smells of economics and that stinks.  Time for this group to sell the Thrashers and focus their resources on the Hawks.  Quit being so cheap and hire a coach that will take the Hawks to the next level.  DeWayne Casey is not that hire.   This smells like firing Mike Fratello and hiring Bob Weis to replace him all over again.  No wonder we have no respect around the league.

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