Thursday, April 11, 2013
Drew's future still uncertain
By Nick Borges
Larry Drew's contract as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks is set to expire in June and his future with the team remains uncertain.
From Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Hawks management has not approached Drew about his contract. ... General manager Danny Ferry has previously stated that he will use the season to evaluate all aspects of the organization."
Ferry has a full plate this offseason since he needs to rebuild the roster as 11 players can be free agents. His first priority will likely be to make a decision regarding Drew, who may need to get the Hawks into the second round of the playoffs to secure another contract.
Marc SteinBrown an option for Ferry?
"Larry Drew is the first Hawks coach to get to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons since the venerable Lenny Wilkens in the mid-1990s. But Drew, like most of his players, is also a free agent at season's end. So his ability to keep so many players with uncertain futures reasonably bonded and on a playoff track, Eastern Conference or not, might earn him another deal. Or it might not. The intentions of new Hawks GM Danny Ferry, who inherited Drew, are still a tough read at this juncture, not unlike Ferry's plans with the Hawks' cap space if, as expected, they're unsuccessful in their free-agent pursuits of Atlanta's own Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. What we do know: Ferry remains one of Mike Brown's biggest fans. So assumptions about Ferry's interest in bringing Brown to Atlanta will live on until Brown is no longer a coaching free agent."