The Sixers are going to need to find a new assistant coach, as the Brett Brown coaching tree officially has grown a branch.

According to reports, Lloyd Pierce will be named the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.


Pierce has been connected to the Hawks position for a couple weeks now, ever since Atlanta moved on from Mike Budenholzer late last month. The team has been very keen on Pierce especially in the way he has dealt with player development on the Sixers since he joined Brett Brown's coaching staff back in 2013.

After three interviews with the Hawks and their ownership, the team has made the Pierce hiring official.

Pierce said earlier in the week that he would be looking forward to the challenge of building the Hawks from the ground up.

“The main reason is just looking at their young players,” Pierce said. “They got four guys in the draft. They got a couple of young players that are on their roster. So what’s most important when you are dealing with young players and young talent, it’s the development and relational side of that. It’s kind of my track record. It’s anybody’s track record of how do you communicate, how do you work with players, how do you develop, what does that mean?”

Pierce's deal with the Hawks will be for three years guaranteed with a team option for a fourth year.

Josh Liddick is a contributor to 97.3 ESPN and Sixers managing editor at SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoshLiddickTalk.