Hawks fire coach Nate McMillan

According to sources who spoke to ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks dismissed coach Nate McMillan on Tuesday,

paving the stage for an urgent search that likely features Quin Snyder as the top candidate.

Despite being 29-30 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks appointed assistant Joe Prunty as their interim head coach.

Nevertheless, sources claim that new general manager Landry Fields will start looking for the team's next coach as early as Tuesday.

According to insiders, ownership and management opted to make the change now in order to salvage a playoff season and

begin looking for the team's next coach even though McMillan and the Hawks were supposed to split ways in the offseason.

This is the second important leadership shift for the Hawks this year. Travis Schlenk, the franchise is president of basketball operations,

resigned on December 21, making room for Fields to take over as the primary basketball decision-maker.

According to sources, both Kenny Atkinson and Charles Lee, the associate head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Snyder,

the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, had experience as Hawks assistant coaches under Mike Budenholzer.

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