According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Atlanta Hawks plan to promote Mike Budenholzer to president of basketball operations, a move that will likely precede exiled general manager Danny Ferry’s departure. Assistant general manager Wes Wilcox is Budenholzer’s presumptive choice to serve under Budenholzer as general manager:
The Atlanta Hawks plan to promote coach Mike Budenholzer to the franchise’s ultimate basketball decision-maker, clearing the path to part ways with exiled general manager Danny Ferry, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Budenholzer will become president and head coach, partnering in the front office with Wes Wilcox, who will become the Hawks’ general manager, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Wojnarowski further reported that the Hawks’ new ownership, led by Tony Ressler, will not be able to finalize these moves until they take possession of the franchise. The transfer of ownership is expected to be completed June 24th, the day before the NBA draft.
Budenholzer’s reported promotion should ease the concerns of Hawks fans, who feared that Ressler’s group might bring in new front office personnel, precipitating a possible search for Budenholzer’s replacement. HawksHoop.com recommended the promotion of Budenholzer to president of basketball operations in November.