Larry Drew has made a nice home in Atlanta the past three seasons as Hawks head coach but when his contract ends in June, and if general manager Danny Ferry doesn’t sign him to an extension, the Philadelphia 76ers job opening could be a possible landing spot.
“Larry loves coaching, and he wants to continue as a head coach,” a league source tells The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s in a difficult situation, and it’s hard to say what will happen in Atlanta.”
The 76ers are looking for a new coach after Doug Collins resigned one day after the regular-season ended.
Ferry was hired as Hawks GM last summer and has yet to have any talks with Drew regarding a new deal.
There was speculation that Ferry was interested in hiring Mike Brown for the position but Brown recently signed to be the new coach of his former team in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brown’s first stint with the Cavs lasted from 2005-10 and ended six weeks before LeBron James made the decision to take his talents to South Beach. Ferry was the GM who hired Brown in Cleveland. It was Ferry’s first gig as GM, likewise for Brown as head coach.
Drew has led the Hawks to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as head coach.