Larry Drew is returning for his third season as the Atlanta Hawks' coach despite the team's first-round exit from the playoffs.
The Hawks announced Friday the team is exercising its option on Drew's contract for next season.
''Larry did an outstanding job this season in guiding our team to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, despite a condensed schedule and unfortunate injuries,'' said general manager Rick Sund.
''The Hawks have reached the postseason in each of his years on the bench, and we feel Larry's experience, expertise and dedication to the game were a key ingredient to our success.''
Drew led the Hawks to a 40-26 regular-season record before the team lost to the Boston Celtics in six games in the first round of the playoffs. It was a step back for the franchise after three straight second-round appearances.
Atlanta had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference despite losing All-Star center Al Horford...