Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson says he still doesn't know if he'll be offered a new contract by new general manager Rick Sund.
'We're still going through the process,' Woodson said Tuesday. 'That's all I can tell you. It's more of a feel-out process. We're getting to know each other. That's where we are. We'll play it by ear and just see.'
Woodson's contract is up at the end of the month. He has a poor 106-222 record, but the Hawks have made steady progress during his four years and ended the NBA's longest playoff drought this season, when they were 37-45.
The Hawks lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the first round of the playoffs, their first postseason appearance since 1999.
Sund, 57, was hired May 28, and last week he said it was too early to comment on Woodson's status.
'Next week at this time, it might be a more appropriate question,' Sund said last Wednesday. 'But today I can't answer it.'
Sund didn't return a phone message Tuesday.
Sund met with Woodson in Orlando shortly after he was hired to replace Billy Knight.
Sund has other pressing issues. Two of the team's top young players, Josh Smith and Josh Childress, are restricted free agents.
Sund also must decide if he will try to obtain a pick in the June 26 NBA draft. The Hawks do not have a pick in the draft, but Sund has said the team may already have enough young players.
Sund has worked in NBA front offices for more than 30 years.