Hawks interview Nate McMillan

Hawks interview Nate McMillan

CHICAGO – Nate McMillan interviewed for the Atlanta Hawks' coaching job on Wednesday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry is going through the unorthodox process of conducting a coaching search while his current coach, Larry Drew, remains under contract until June 30.

Drew is highly unlikely to be retained as coach, but Ferry has reserved the remote option of revisiting contract extension talks with Drew should the Hawks fail to attract a coach Ferry believes is a better fit for the franchise.

McMillan also is a candidate for the coaching openings with the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. He's already interviewed with those teams.

Ferry has shown significant interest in former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, but Van Gundy is unlikely to return to coaching next season.

McMillan was fired as the Portland Trail Blazers' coach in 2012. Across seven seasons with the Blazers, he had a .497 winning percentage and advanced to the first-round of the Western Conference playoffs in 2009, '10 and '11.

McMillan previously was the Seattle Sonics' coach for five seasons, where he reached the playoffs twice as coach. In his final year there, McMillan led the Sonics to 52 regular-season victories and the conference semifinals in 2004-05.

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