In this Wednesday, March 14, 2012, photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan watches from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York.
The Hawks interviewed Nate McMillan Wednesday for their yet-to-be vacant head coach position, according to a person familiar with the NBA’s team search. The interview was first reported by Yahoo.
General manager Danny Ferry, who is in Chicago attending the NBA Scouting Combine, has said he will interview candidates for the position even though Larry Drew remains under contract until June 30. Drew remains a consideration for the position he has held for the past three seasons.
Stan Van Gundy and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer are also candidates for the Hawks job.
Drew has been granted permission to speak to other NBA teams about their head coaching vacancies. The Bucks, Pistons, Nets, Bobcats and 76ers all have openings.
Ferry has not put a timetable on a decision about who will lead the team next season but is said to be halfway through the process.
“(Ferry) has every right to interview his own guys,” Drew said recently on NBA TV.
McMillan, 48, coached 12 seasons for the SuperSonics and Trailblazers with a 478-452 record. He was fired after seven seasons with the Trailblazers in 2012. He led the team to three straight playoff appearances from 2009-11, all first-round losses.