Report: Mike Woodson could leave Hawks for Sixers

One report has Mike Woodson coaching again next season -- but in Philadelphia. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

One report has Mike Woodson coaching again next season -- but in Philadelphia. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Even before this season began, it was clear the year would be a referendum on coach Mike Woodson. He was entering the last season of a two-year deal (he wanted at least three) and every time he asked management for an extension, he was told, “We’re going to wait until after the season.”

Now that the Hawks are struggling with Milwaukee in the opening round of the playoffs, whether Woodson is re-signed/wants to stay is as big an issue as ever. In fact, some reasoned speculation now has him leaving on his own — to Philadelphia.

There is an increasing belief that Charlotte coach Larry Brown is finally ready to retire from coaching and return to Philly, where he still maintains a home, to become president of the Sixers. According to a story by Yahoo Sports, Brown already has his wish list: Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton would be his general manager. Woodson, his former assistant in Detroit, would be his coach.

To think: Hawks general manager Rick Sund might not even have a decision to make.

Excerpts from the Yahoo story:

Still, the possibility is strong that Brown will coach the 76ers, because Woodson wouldn’t leave an Eastern Conference contender unless the Hawks low-ball him in contract talks at season’s end. His deal is expiring with Atlanta, and several sources familiar with the Hawks’ plans predict an offer that Woodson could easily refuse. …

The possibility of Brown coaching the 76ers could rest largely on how things play out with the Hawks. There’s been a cool relationship between management and Woodson, and sources say that the organization’s priority isn’t to reward him with an expensive contract extension. The Hawks are pooling resources to get maximum money available for Joe Johnson. The message has been made clear to the Hawks: Offer Johnson a max contract extension on July 1, and they’re likely to keep him.

Sources say that this is the reason Atlanta is willing to sell its first-round pick for $3 million this summer, and the reason that they’ll likely offer no more than a three-year contract for $1.8 to $2 million a year to a possible Woodson successor. Woodson could expect a bigger offer to stay on the job, but perhaps not by much. For Woodson, the 76ers could offer leverage to leave, but he would have to weigh leaving a legitimate Eastern Conference contender for a flawed roster in Philadelphia.

Woodson has aired complaints about his contract status and that of his assistants on a few occasions. One would think if the Hawks were overly concerned about losing him, they would’ve attempted to sign him by now. Losing consecutive games to the Bucks in a series doesn’t help his cause, even if the Hawks may still go on to win the series.

OK, let’s open the flood gates: What are you thoughts on Woodson potentially leaving?

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Newbomb Turk

April 27th, 2010
11:04 am

Newbomb Turk

April 27th, 2010
11:05 am

Newbomb Turk

April 27th, 2010
11:06 am

My first “first” did not go through…so I had to submit a 2nd “first”…but I still ended up being first. I had a Bradley “first” last week….now a Shultz “first” this week. Newbomb is on a roll.

Mark

April 27th, 2010
11:07 am

Marathon Tom

April 27th, 2010
11:08 am

Please, please let Woodson go! He is terrible as as coach, and what very little success the Hawks have had during his tenure has been in spite of him, not because of him. The Hawks have been an underacheiving team for years! So have the Braves….thank God for the Falcons – with solid management and coaching!!!

mike

April 27th, 2010
11:08 am

I would be open to losing Woody if there was a capable replacement ready to go.. all the of the people that yell “fire woody” on a consistent basis please give me some candidates besides Avery Johnson.

Hawkdafied Chick

April 27th, 2010
11:09 am

Hawkdafied Chick

April 27th, 2010
11:10 am

Good! Oh Happy Day!

first?

April 27th, 2010
11:10 am

we better not sign JJ to a max deal!

The Grinch

April 27th, 2010
11:11 am

I will literally throw a party in the honor of the city of Philly (which I hate) if they rid us of this underachieving clown.

Clay

April 27th, 2010
11:11 am

Could he leave for Philly today?

Dozer

April 27th, 2010
11:11 am

Take Bobby, TP, and Chipper with you……

Dap01

April 27th, 2010
11:11 am

The Grinch

April 27th, 2010
11:13 am

The replacement is irrelevant. Fire a t-shirt cannon into the crowd, and if you can still find a fan to hit, there’s your upgrade.

Section 303

April 27th, 2010
11:13 am

I’m coming around to the thinking that Woodson needs to go. But, who will they get to replace him? They are not going to be spending major money on a coach, if that report is true. I don’t want some hack coming in here and totally messing things up.

To get any type of quality, you have to pay. The owners are not going to pay.

mountain_jim

April 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Sell the first round pick for money?

Hawks ownership can go to Hades. And I will no longer follow that crappy ownership’s team. Is it football season yet? Falcons have real ownership, management and coaching.

After the last 2 games I am ready to see Woodson go.

allan in texas

April 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Jeff,If the hawks lose this series then I believe he is toast.Maybe this group of players need to hear a different voice or maybe you need an infusion of different players.

Clay

April 27th, 2010
11:15 am

Mike, the Hawks would have to look far and wide to find a LESS capable replacement for Woody. Have you not ever listened to Woody in the huddle when ESPN has him “miked?” My daughter’s Jr High coach is more coherent. I’m embarrassed for him.

JEWELL

April 27th, 2010
11:16 am

BYRON SCOTT……

wesleywhatwhat

April 27th, 2010
11:17 am

the hawks management looks less competent every day.

HERE IS A CANIDATE

April 27th, 2010
11:17 am

ANYONE BUT WOODY!!

AtWork

April 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Jeff Van Gundy would be interesting because of his brother in Orlando. Avery Johnson because the guy can coach defense. Maybe give Pat Ewing a chance…I see Woodson leaving either because he wants to or not. He has seen great things from these guys but i think it is time for a scenery change. Maybe Paul Hewitt would take it…but we aren’t lucky enough for that i don’t think.

Would like to see more out of the Hawks bench too…also, last night…if you have guys like Marvin stinkin it up out there…pull them and let them sit and give someone else a shot…where is Joe Smith too…Zaza got a chance to get burned why not let Joe get out there. Plus if Zaza is going to be out there he needs to let Kurt Thomas that he isn’t going to tolerate that crap he was pulling last night. We need some fire in our belly’s and some sense not to take stupid shots and drive to the basket and get the call.

TampaHawk

April 27th, 2010
11:18 am

I know its your job to report the news, but considering the mental state of the Hawks at this very moment (and unfortunately these guys are all mental for some reason), is it really smart to talk about this now? The LAST thing they need is the hometown media talking about Woody leaving and re-emphasizing the non-existent relationship between him and management. Let Yahoo talk about it, but we can’t have them thinking that anyone in this city has mailed it in or else they will too (if they haven’t already). Of course they should not play worse because this story is run, but can you really say with these guys that they are immune to these types of things?

HERE IS A CANIDATE

April 27th, 2010
11:19 am

I LIKE IT WHEN IT TILTS HIS HEAD AND GIVES A MEAN SCROWL TO THE TEAM COMING TO THE BENCH. USUALLY JAMAL IS THE RECIPIANT. AND HE IS ONE OF THE FEW TRYING.

Ben Roethlisberger

April 27th, 2010
11:22 am

DEERRRRRRRRRRRRR

BEN COACH HAWKS!!! BEN COACH GOOD!!!

RAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Matt

April 27th, 2010
11:23 am

Oh……please, please, please let it happen!! This would be ALMOST as good as DW getting canned from the Thrashers front office.

Jeff Schultz

April 27th, 2010
11:24 am

Newbomb — FYI: I think the lottery is tonight, since all the stars seem to be aligned for you.

Angus

April 27th, 2010
11:25 am

Six of one and half a dozen of the other.

A different/better coach doesn’t get them past the second round this year – too many chinks in the armor.

Jeff Schultz

April 27th, 2010
11:25 am

Mike — The money part of it makes it interesting. How much would ownership be willing to pay to a prove coach if Woodson is replaced?

asheville dawg

April 27th, 2010
11:26 am

Don’t let the door hit your derriere Woody

Artie

April 27th, 2010
11:26 am

It just boggles the mind how different the Hawks are ON THE ROAD compared to AT HOME!!!!!

DawgBoi

April 27th, 2010
11:28 am

Forget Johnson and Woodson. Go get Dwayne Wade and a real coach and the Hawks will have a real shot at winning a championship!

Jeff Schultz

April 27th, 2010
11:29 am

TampaHawk — Your first sentence said it all: It’s my job to report. The story’s out there whether I write about it or not. It’s not unlike a college coach’s future being speculated about going into a bowl game (or NCAA tournament game). It’s not ideal but it’s the reality of sports today. Bill Parcells’ future was being speculated about when he was coaching New England in the Super Bowl. Of course, as we all know now, the worm was actually negotiating with the Jets THAT WEEK. So he deserved no sympathy. The reality is that I don’t think it affects the players as much as we might think.

Matt

April 27th, 2010
11:30 am

take him… the Hawks get by on talent and talent-alone. This team could be a top team in the East for some time that competes for the championship with better coaching.

Scoots

April 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Jeff,

Can you speculate on possible replacement if Woody were to leave?

Ree Roe

April 27th, 2010
11:31 am

I’ll make my final decision when our season is over, but if I had to make a decision right now I’d be in favor of him leaving & bringing in Avery Johnson

-REEgards from Roe!!!

Michael

April 27th, 2010
11:32 am

I think at this stage He’s the problem, there is no way the Hawks should be struggling on the road yet once again. It’s pattern and Woodson should go if the Hawks are to take the next step.

Johnny DangerDawg

April 27th, 2010
11:33 am

I think with all of Atlanta’s young talent, there are plenty of coaches who’d be interested in the job. Yeah, we’re not going to lure one of the top 8 head coaches in the NBA away from their current team, but there are plenty of decent coaches out there who can do at least a little bit better than Woodson.

Brent

April 27th, 2010
11:39 am

Am I the only person tired of hearing “fire the coach” in every blog

Blue

April 27th, 2010
11:41 am

Seriously …….. The ASG are trying to sell the first-round draft pick for cash … Really … Are they that broke?! If that’s the case, this team will continue to be mediocre until it is sold to REAL owners. If anything, unstable ownership could push Joe Johnson out-the-door more so than anything else.

J

April 27th, 2010
11:45 am

ILL-logical

April 27th, 2010
11:46 am

A logical and affordable choice is Larry Dreww. he is familiar with the players,staff and management(such as it is) and since his son is still in college at UNc, he would be more amenable to serving.
Any way you cut, Woodson is toast because the national media is pointing out the flaws he ahs 2 seasons to address and hasn’t. Notwithstanding the horrible financial condition of the ownership group, Woodson is the identifiable scapegoat in this drama. And the irony here is that the guy who saved his job 2 years ago,Mike Bibby, is going to be the cause of his losing it now.

Jeff Schultz

April 27th, 2010
11:47 am

Scotts — I do have a feeling what ownership would do but I’d rather not go there right now.

Drew7

April 27th, 2010
11:47 am

This is not Woodson’s fault. Josh ran his mouth about how the Buck’s were “No Big Deal.” Woodson’s a good man, and a man of character, like helping the lady and her daughter out of their smoking car yesterday. He didn’t care about his needs but went to help the others who were hurt… that takes fortitude. I hope we keep him. When he took over we has 13 wins, now 53 and every year gets better, so let’s stick with him!

allan in texas

April 27th, 2010
11:47 am

Jeff, Any thoughts on who might replace Coach Woodson?

Now you see em, now they burnt off!

April 27th, 2010
11:47 am

Very important question…

Any news on when this clown might shave his eyebrows off again?

Drez

April 27th, 2010
11:49 am

The issue is not Woodson leaving. The issue is that the owners of the Hawks doesn’t seem capable to pay market value for a competent coach. So, whether you like Woodson or not, as a Hawk fan one should be concerned that the owners of this team doesn’t seem capable of paying the cost to be an elite organization.

Rock Preston

April 27th, 2010
11:49 am

This says it all from last night’s game guys. Woodson is a joke of a coach and his stubborness will be his downfall

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/92154374.html

Westie

April 27th, 2010
11:50 am

JeJe where are you????????? This story might give you wet dreams!

need the right player

April 27th, 2010
11:50 am

Haven’t read the stuff above, apologies, but the Hawks need to be saving money to offer Dwayne Wade Johnson’s position in Atlanta. Wade would bring instant energy, and he would love to play for a contender. Johnson just can’t seem to get beyond his limitations, and frankly, is not a top ten talent like Wade. Go get Wade, keep the rest intact, and win the title next year. Go Hawks!