Report: Quin Snyder on the verge of a deal to become the Hawks head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Quin Snyder returns to the NBA.
Snyder is inking a deal worth about $8 million a year to become the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday.
News that the Hawks were targeting Snyder emerged almost immediately after Atlanta fired Nate McMillan on Tuesday.
This is Snyder’s second head coaching job in the NBA, having previously managed the Utah Jazz from 2014-2022. During that eight-year tenure, the Jazz went 372-264 with six winning seasons.
Snyder, 56, helped build an impressive franchise with All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, but the Jazz struggled to convert that into postseason results, never making it past the second round of the playoffs in six tries.
Despite another first-round elimination in last year’s playoffs, the Utah front office spent weeks trying to convince Snyder to sign an extension. At that point, he had two years left on his contract, including his own option last year. He declined the offer, saying he was “strong [felt] They need a new voice to move forward.”
That decision eventually became the first domino to fall in Salt Lake City as CEO Danny Ainge initiated a remodel. Over the next three months, Ainge traded both Gobert and Mitchell and hired 34-year-old former Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy as head coach.
Snyder, 56, inherits a Hawks team that started the season with sky-high expectations. Two years after an appearance at the Eastern Conference Finals, it was expected by many that Atlanta would cause a stir after acquiring offseason Dejounte Murray to play alongside All-Star Trae Young in backcourt.
So far, however, it’s been an underwhelming season. Her 29-30 record puts her eighth in the East and three games from the play-in tournament overall. With less than 25 games remaining in the regular season, all eyes will be on Snyder to see if he can turn the tide in Atlanta.