The Atlanta Hawks are very close to naming former Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Melvin Hunt as the first member of new head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff.

Hunt, 48, spent the last three seasons in Dallas and prior to that a total of 17 years as an assistant coach in the NBA. The Tallulah, Lousiana native played his college ball at Baylor University and coached in the high school and college ranks before moving on to the NBA in 1999.

Hunt and Pierce worked together for three years in Cleveland.

An official announcement is expected to be made via the team later this week.

Hunt, left, coached as an assistant with five NBA (including a season in Los Angeles) teams along with time at the collegiate and high school levels. Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began his career covering sports and news in Atlanta nearly two decades ago. Since then he has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Southern Cross...

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