The Atlanta Hawks have fired coach Lloyd Pierce, the team announced on Monday. Pierce had been the team’s coach since the beginning of the 2018-19 season and oversaw a rebuilding period for the franchise after a stretch of sustained mediocrity. Pierce went 63-120 overall during his tenure thanks to an extremely young roster, but after a free-agent spending spree this offseason, Hawks ownership clearly expected more immediate results.
Those have not yet come. The Hawks are 14-20 with the All-Star break approaching. At this moment, they are the No. 11 seed in the Eastern Conference. That would not even earn them a spot in the play-in tournament if the season ended today. Atlanta has dealt with injuries to most of their free-agent signings, as the core foursome of Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kris Dunn has played only 49 combined games all season.
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