Nate McMillan said he was intrigued with the possibility of joining the Hawks’ staff after talking with Lloyd Pierce shortly after the Pacers parted ways with him after their first-round exit in the playoffs last season. He said Pierce told him the Hawks were going to be aggressive in free agency and add veterans to surround their first-round draft picks and compete for the playoffs.

When Pierce was originally hired for the job three seasons ago, the main task was player development. This year, the main focus was executing and figuring out how to go from a 20-47 record to making the playoffs. Pierce looked at adding McMillan as a resource for him to help this team reach those goals, as he has been a head coach in the NBA for 16 years and has a record of 183-136 in his career.

Ever since Pierce became a head coach, McMillan had been one of the coaches across the NBA who has kept tabs on him to make sure he was doing alright because McMillan has experience…



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