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Report: Woodson Agrees to Deal With Hawks
By Associated Press
Jul 5, 2004 - 10:16:00 PM

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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement with Detroit assistant Mike Woodson to become their new coach, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported on it Web site Monday night.

Woodson agreed to a four-year deal to replace Terry Stotts, who was fired May 6.

"We think it's a good situation for us and a good situation for him," Hawks general manager Billy Knight told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He did not give details of the contract.

Knight could not be reached by The Associated Press.

Woodson told the Detroit Free Press from his home in Houston that there were a few minor contract details to finish.

"With four years, it will give me and Billy a chance to grow together as a GM and coach," he said Monday.

"If this happens, I am sure going to hate not being there" in Detroit, Woodson added.

Woodson did not return a message left on his cell phone by the AP.

Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said Monday night no contract had been signed, and there would be no announcement until it was.

"Nothing is planned as of tomorrow," Triche said. "I think it will be later in the week."

The 47-year-old will become the 10th coach of the Hawks since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1968. The Hawks finished 28-54 last season, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

Woodson was Larry Brown's top assistant on the NBA champion Pistons and considered a strong candidate to eventually succeed Brown.

Knight interviewed Woodson, Indiana assistant Mike Brown, Dallas assistant Del Harris, former Phoenix coach John MacLeod, Seattle associate head coach Dwayne Case and former Cleveland and Atlanta coach Mike Fratello.

Knight said he also spoke with TNT studio analyst Kenny Smith about the job.

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