HoopsHype Larry Drew rumors

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Budenholzer is believed to be the front-runner in Atlanta to replace current head coach Larry Drew. Though Drew is still under contract with the Hawks, Ferry has said there is a chance that the team could give Drew, whose current deal expires June 30, a new deal. But both the Hawks and Drew are proceeding as if he will not return. NBA.com

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The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing back three candidates to interview a second time for the franchise's head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford will meet with Bucks officials this week in Milwaukee, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Clifford will visit Milwaukee again on Tuesday, and Sampson and Drew on Wednesday, league sources said. Bucks general manager John Hammond has a stronger history with Sampson – who spent two years on the Milwaukee staff under Scott Skiles – but has been increasingly impressed with the possibilities with Clifford, sources said. Clifford has come strongly recommended by three former coaching colleagues that Hammond respects – Chicago's Tom Thibodeau and Stan and Jeff Van Gundy. Yahoo! Sports

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And what of the head-coaching position? The hot names that are out there have been said over and over and over again - from Mike Malone to Fred Hoiberg to Kelvin Sampson to Nate McMillan to Larry Drew to Michael Curry and everyone in between. Said yet another league executive: "I hear the coaching search isn't at the top of their list right now. I hear they're concentrating on other areas and will address the coaching vacancy after a couple of weeks." Philadelphia Inquirer

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But at the end of the season Ferry took a different approach by keeping Drew under contract for the time being and allowing him to pursue other jobs. "It's very awkward but I appreciate that he (Ferry) was honest with me and that he allowed me to talk to other teams," Drew said. "It possibly may circle back to me. "But I want to explore my options as well. . . . I'm grateful for the opportunity to coach here in Atlanta. But if not, I want to continue coaching. I love coaching and I love dealing with players. "If it doesn't work out (in Atlanta), I'm not going to be bitter or angry." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Drew has been with the Hawks for the last nine seasons, six as an assistant under Mike Woodson before getting the top job. Drew said he is very familiar with the Bucks' personnel and the free-agency situation affecting the team's backcourt this summer. The Hawks swept all four games from the Bucks this season, including three games decided by five points or fewer. "We certainly had some battles," Drew said. "We knew they were going to be grind-out games and we were able to make some plays to come out with wins." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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The door is not completely closed on Drew returning to coach the Hawks were he spent the past nine years, the last three as head coach. “There is not a sadness,” Drew said. “This is a business. We left open that this could evolve back. If it doesn’t, I have to move on. That’s how this business works. I knew that. Nine years is a good run. There is a business side to this profession.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is giving significant consideration to hiring the first European-born head coach in NBA history, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Ettore Messina, the Italian-born coach of CSKA Moscow, is among the top candidates to replace coach Larry Drew. Ferry and Messina have had contact about the possibility, and Messina is intrigued with the chance to be a global trail blazer in the NBA, sources told Y! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The Hawks have interviewed Stan Van Gundy and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer for their yet-to-be vacant head coach position. Each has previously been described as a candidate for the position held by Larry Drew until June 30 when his contract expires. However the AJC has learned that Van Gundy and Budenholzer have been interviewed by general manager Danny Ferry. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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