Sources: Hawks to hire new president of basketball operations

Adrian Wojnarowski
The Vertical
Coach Mike Budenholzer is expected to still have a strong voice in personnel decisions. (Getty)

In a restructuring of the front office, the Atlanta Hawks are beginning a search for a new president of basketball operations/general manager to oversee the franchise, league sources told The Vertical.

Coach Mike Budenholzer will relinquish his president of basketball operations duties, and GM Wes Wilcox will transition into another significant front-office position, league sources told The Vertical.

Majority owner Tony Ressler is starting a search to hire a new executive at the top of the Hawks masthead. Minority owner Grant Hill will be a significant part of the search process too, but Hill has yet to show any inclination to take on full-time basketball operations duties, league sources told The Vertical.

Budenholzer and Wilcox both were promoted within the Hawks’ front office after the dismissal of former president and GM Danny Ferry in 2015. Budenholzer was the NBA’s coach of the year in the 2014-15 season. In four years as Atlanta’s head coach, Budenholzer has a 189-139 (.576) record, including a trip to the conference finals and semifinals.

After meeting with ownership, Budenholzer expressed an openness to the hiring of a new president of basketball operations to allow him to concentrate more on coaching, league sources said. Budenholzer is expected to continue to have a strong voice in player personnel matters.

Together, Budenholzer and Wilcox reshaped the Hawks roster, which includes the gathering of 11 draft picks over the next three years.

The Hawks won 48 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals in the 2015-16 season, and won 43 games this season before losing to the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.

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