Hawks interview McMillan for head coach position

The Hawks interviewed Nate McMillan on Wednesday for their yet-to-be vacant head coach position, according to a person familiar with the team’s search. News of the interview was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

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 in consideration for the position he has held for the past three seasons.

Stan Van Gundy and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer also are 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.

“I guess you can call it an open marriage,” Drew said recently on NBA TV. “(Ferry) has every right to interview his own guys.”

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.

McMillan, 48, coached 12 seasons for the SuperSonics and Trail Blazers and compiled a 478-452 record. He was fired after seven seasons with the Trail Blazers in 2012. He led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, all ending in first-round losses.

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