The Atlanta Hawks announced Friday that Mike Budenholzer will resign as president of basketball operations, but remain as head coach and Wes Wilcox will become a special adviser to ownership, while resigning from his position as general manager.
“As we have said from the beginning, we are committed to building the Atlanta Hawks into a championship-caliber team, and after the end of our season, it was clear to all of us that our basketball operations leadership needed this reorganization,” owner Tony Ressler said in a statement.
Budenholzer was the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season and has led the Hawks to the playoffs in each of his first four season, while amassing a 60-win year in that 2014-15 season. Ressler said removing Budenholzer’s GM tag frees him up to do “what he does best.”
“With Bud moving his focus exclusively to his position as head coach, we are freeing him up to do what he does best as one of the most respected coaches in the NBA. 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.”
Wilcox had been the general manager since 2012 and played a major part in building the team, but it is clear the team wants to go in a different direction.