Report: Hawks restructure front office, retain Wilcox, Budenholzer

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After playoff loss, Hawks pondering front office changes
Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

The Atlanta Hawks are making changes to their front office, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Atlanta reportedly intends to hire a new president of basketball operations, making Mike Budenholzer solely head coach. Budenholzer will continue to have input on personnel decisions. General manager Wes Wilcox will shift to a different high-ranking front office role.

ESPN reported that the team parted ways with general manager Wes Wilcox on Thursday, which the Hawks said was inaccurate via a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Hawks leadership is undergoing a period of evaluation and looking at how basketball operations works best,” the team said. “There are no changes to report at this time and any reports indicating otherwise are inaccurate.”

Wilcox has been the GM of the Hawks since 2015, and has been part of the organization since 2012. He previously served as assistant general manager, and replaced Danny Ferry, who stepped down after an audio recording revealed him making culturally insensitive comments about Luol Deng.

Budenholzer is 189–139 in four seasons as head coach, winning Coach of the Year in 2014–15.

The Hawks went 43–39 this season and 48–34 the year prior under Wilcox. After a second-round exit last season, the Hawks went out in six games against the Wizards this year. Atlanta is entering a critical off-season, with Paul Millsap due to be a free agent.

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