ATLANTA — Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was fired on Monday following a disappointing start to a season of heightened expectations.
Atlanta team president Travis Schlenk announced the move in a short statement released by the team.
The Hawks are hopeful assistant Nate McMillan will choose to become the interim head coach, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. McMillan is meeting with Pierce and the rest of the Hawks’ coaching staff, sources said. McMillan has been fiercely loyal in his support of Pierce.
“We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta,” Schlenk said in the statement. Schlenk said the move, which comes less than a week before Atlanta hosts the All-Star Game, is timed to help the team enjoy a second-half resurgence.
“We have high expectations for our team on the court and we believe by making this change now that we can have a strong second half of the season,” Schlenk said. Pierce, hired in 2018, was 63-120 (.344) with the Hawks, missing the playoffs in each of his two completed seasons. Atlanta began the season 10-9, but has lost 11 of its past 15 games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.