Pierce was a Warriors assistant during the 2010-11 season, when Hawks GM Travis Schlenk was a front-office executive with the team. Silas was a Golden State assistant from 2006-10, when Schlenk was a Warriors video scout and assistant coach.
Schlenk interviewed seven initial candidates for the job left vacant when the team and Mike Budenholzer parted ways after five seasons. One of those candidates, David Fizdale, met with Ressler before eventually being hired by the Knicks. The other candidates to meet with Schlenk are Hawks assistant Darvin Ham and Warriors assistant Jarron Collins.