Appears the raptors will hire Sam Mitchell.
The Hawks are still interviewing candidates. I hope Brown does not take the Hawks job, it is set up to be a failing situation.
OK ..here are the articles. Be a little patient.
Hiring coach is next up
With the draft completed and no free-agent signings yet in sight, Hawks go back to work.
Michael Lee - Staff
Saturday, June 26, 2004
The Hawks set the foundation of their rebuilding plans during the NBA draft Thursday night whey they selected Stanford's Josh Childress and local high school product Josh Smith. But general manager Billy Knight knows that his work has barely begun: He doesn't have a big man or anyone to coach the team.
After working the phones diligently Friday in failed attempts to acquire one of the frontcourt players that slipped away in the draft, Knight said his attention has shifted toward hiring a coach.
Knight still needs to meet with Detroit Pistons assistant Mike Woodson next week, and "after that, I'll make a decision," Knight said. He has interviewed Del Harris, John MacLeod, Dwane Casey, Mike Brown and Mike Fratello and hopes that the coach he hires will find a place for the players he has drafted.
"I think the coach will like the kind of players that we have," Knight said. "We'll have that understanding when we do have a coach." Knight is hopeful that he'll have a coach in place in the early stages of the free agent signing period, which begins July 1.
The salary cap will be set in mid-July and is expected to slide slightly from the $43.8 million of last season. That leaves the Hawks with roughly $18 million to spend this summer --- enough to sign a maximum-contract player, a collection of good side dishes or both.
The Hawks have four players under contract --- power forward Alan Henderson, point guard Jason Terry and small forwards Chris Crawford and Boris Diaw --- and they are expected to pick up the extension on guard Travis Hansen in August. The first-year rookie salaries of Childress ($2.08 million) and Smith ($1.06 million) will put the Hawks' payroll at about $23.3 million. The Hawks also plan to sign second-round picks Donta Smith and Royal Ivey, which would add about $800,000 to the payroll.
Stephen Jackson is not going to pick up the $1.1 million option on his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He averaged a career-high 18.1 points last season and will be on the priority list of at least four teams this summer --- the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacerss.
The Hawks clearly have more pressing needs. "We need big people," Knight said. "If I'm walking down the street and I see a big guy, I might sign him." Expect the Hawks to make a push for restricted free agents Kenyon Martin of New Jersey, Stromile Swift of Memphis --- whom Knight drafted with the No. 2 pick in 2000 --- and Detroit's Mehmet Okur to bolster the frontcourt. They probably will attempt to re-sign Jason Collier, a 7-footer who played well in the second half of the season.