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The Atlanta Hawks fired coach Nate McMillan on Tuesday, the team announced.
The Hawks are 29-30 at the All-Star break, below .500 and eighth in the Eastern Conference play-in spot.
“Decisions like this, especially during the season, are always very difficult, but we believe it is in the best interest of our team to move forward with another voice,” general manager Landry Fields said in a statement.
McMillan was 99-80 in three seasons as the Hawks’ head coach.
Assistant coach Joe Brundi will serve as interim coach. Prunty was 21-16 as interim coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018. Milwaukee lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Hawks will begin their search for a new head coach immediately, focusing on player development, accountability, and getting the Hawks’ offense and defense into the top 10 in the league.
The Hawks are planning a wide-ranging search, but one candidate expected to be at the top of the list is former Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, sources said. Bucks assistant Charles Lee and Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson are expected to be considered.