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Trail Blazers Assistant Nate Tibbetts Among Finalists For Hawks Head Coaching Job

Nate Tibbetts might be moving his coaching expertise from Portland to Atlanta this summer.

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Trail Blazers Assistant Coach Nate Tibbetts appears to be inching closer to filling the head coaching vacancy for the Atlanta Hawks. According to Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Jouranl-Constitution, Tibbetts is one of four finalists for the job that Mike Budenholzer held last season.

Cunningham expanded on the Hawks’ coaching search on Sunday evening:

The Hawks have narrowed their head coaching search down to four candidates, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans. They are Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce, Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, Hornets assistant Stephen Silas and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.

Tibbetts already has met with Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler and Pierce could do so soon. Silas and Larranaga also remain in the running for the job, according to the person with knowledge of the team’s search.

Tibbetts has been a part of coach Terry Stotts’ coaching staff since the 2013-14 season.

If he lands the job with the Hawks, he will be oversee a roster that went 24-58 last season. Prior to last year’s dismal record, Atlanta had enjoyed 10 consecutive seasons in the Eastern Conference playoffs.