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May10: NBA #Hawks Danny Ferry has made Van Gundy his top target to replace Larry Drew

NBA #Hawks Danny Ferry has made Van Gundy his top target to replace Larry Drew
May 11th 2013, 14:39

Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA14h Y! Sources: The Atlanta Hawks are pursuing Stan Van Gundy to be the franchise's coach. http://tinyurl.com/bpov8az   Retweeted 207 times  Expand   Reply   Retweet   Favorite  Buffer    More Hawks target Stan Van Gundy as potential coach – and lure for Dwight... The Hawks have spoken to Stan Van Gundy about replacing Larry Drew as coach. The Atlanta Hawks are aggressively pursuing Stan Van Gundy for the franchise's head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Stan Van Gundy was let go as the Magic's coach after the 2011-12 season. (AP)General manager Danny Ferry has made Van Gundy his top target to replace Larry Drew, sources said. There has been contact between Ferry and Van Gundy, but the two sides have yet to meet in person. The Hawks plan to make a hard push for free-agent center Dwight Howard on July 1, and there's some belief that Van Gundy could actually turn out to be a benefit in recruiting Howard back to his hometown. [Also: Bucks interview J.B. Bickerstaff in coach search] Howard has expressed some sentiment that he better appreciates Van Gundy as a head coach, despite their clashes together in Orlando that ultimately led to the coach's firing after the 2011-12 season. Van Gundy hasn't made a decision about returning to coaching this year, but he holds Ferry in high regard, league sources said. Van Gundy has declined interest in the Milwaukee Bucks' head-coaching job. In parts of eight seasons with the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, Van Gundy (371-208) has a .641 regular season winning percentage and (48-39) a .552 postseason winning percentage. He led the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009 and reached the conference finals in both Miami and Orlando. Drew's contract runs out on June 30, and he's been informed the organization will start to talk with other candidates. While it's...

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