Budenholzer pares down role; Hawks GM resigns
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 11:48
It was also confirmed that Wes Wilcox is out as GM but will stay with the organization as a special advisor to ownership. Popovich fired and replaced Bob Hill as coach after a 3-15 start to the 1996-97 season, and later hired R.C. Buford in 2002 to assume GM duties while Popovich retained final say over personnel decisions.
Budenholzer and Wilcox both were promoted within the Hawks' front office after the dismissal of former president and GM Danny Ferry in 2015.
The Hawks went 43-39 this season and 48-34 the year prior under Wilcox. So I don't have a good answer as to what we're looking for, except someone that we, when we evaluate, feel relative to the other strengths we have in the franchise can help take us to that next step.
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Millsap, a four-time All-Star who averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, was the top producer on a roster that received disappointing returns from Howard and Bazemore. "That was my thinking when Bud and I met with ownership after the season and recommended this new structure", Wilcox said.
"We do feel we have plenty of depth and decision making on board", Ressler said. "I would argue they were recognizing at least as clearly and early as I did, maybe earlier, and it became painfully obvious after discussions with each of them". "I think when you look at the record from the regular season and then not advancing from this round, I think we all thought we had greater potential". "As owners, we value Wes' dedication, intellect and capabilities, however, we believe that our leadership would be best served by recruiting a new general manager to bring our team to the level of play that we expect".
Griffin's connection to Atlanta is minority owner Grant Hill, who played for the Phoenix Suns when Griffin started there. The restructuring was among the first moves made by an incoming ownership group headed by Tony Ressler.