Grant Hill hoping to help bring success to Hawks

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Grant Hill always wondered why the Atlanta Hawks struggled to attract big-name free agents.

Now the seven-time NBA All-Star faces a challenge to help make that happen.

Hill was introduced as vice chair of the Hawks on Thursday, one day after the franchise and arena rights were purchased for $850 million. He has a stake in the new ownership group, led by billionaire Tony Ressler, which hopes to make the Hawks a consistent winner.

The Hawks are coming off a franchise-best season, winning 60 games and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time.

Ressler said he and the new owners plan to let the basketball and management staffs do their jobs without interference, adding that the team has a handshake agreement with coach Mike Budenholzer to become president of basketball operations.

Wes Wilcox will sign a new contract in a promotion to general manager.

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