Landry Fields Promoted to General Manager
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks today announced a series of promotions and hires within basketball operations, including the promotion of Landry Fields to general manager. He will continue to report to president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk.
Additionally, the Hawks have announced: Dwight Lutz has been elevated to vice president of basketball strategy and analytics, Stephen Giles to director of pro scouting, and Justin Eaddy to basketball operations coordinator/scout, while Rod Higgins has transitioned to senior advisor and Larry Riley to college scout. Also, Grant Liffmann has been hired as a pro personnel scout.
Fields, 34, has served as the Hawks’ assistant general manager for the last two seasons. He joined the organization in 2020 following four seasons as part of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, where he finished his stint as general manager of the Spurs G League affiliate, the Austin Spurs, after working three seasons as a college scout. The 39thoverall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Fields played five seasons in the NBA, averaging 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 23.6 minutes over 255 career games with the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Fields and his wife Elaine have two sons, JJ and Kai.
Lutz is entering his fifth season with the Hawks. He came to Atlanta following an 18-month stint as a basketball operations analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves and a four-year stay with the NBA where he served as senior manager of game analytics and strategy. Lutz played four years of basketball while earning a degree in Mathematics from Trinity University (Texas) before receiving a graduate degree in statistics from the University of Florida.
Having re-joined the Hawks in 2019 as a pro personnel scout, Giles also served as an advance scout for the team from 2008-11. He has spent time in scouting with the Warriors, Nuggets, Magic, Knicks and Cavaliers. Giles is also a former college assistant coach, including stints with Marquette, Florida State and Georgia Southern. The Dunn, N.C. native is a graduate of University of North Carolina, and owns a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Georgia Southern.
Eaddy came to Atlanta as a seasonal assistant in 2020. He was previously at the University of Connecticut as graduate head manager as well as student manager of the men’s basketball team, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s in Sports Management. He is a native of Hartford, Conn.
A longtime NBA player, executive, coach and scout, Higgins, who has been with the Hawks since 2017, played 13 seasons with Chicago, Seattle, San Antonio, New Jersey, Golden State, Sacramento and Cleveland, before retiring in 1994. Higgins was an assistant coach with the Warriors from 1994-2000 before joining the Washington Wizards as assistant general manager. He returned to Golden State as general manager, then spent 2007-14 with the Charlotte Bobcats, finishing as president of basketball operations.
With the Hawks since 2018, Riley is a veteran of nearly 50 years in basketball, including the last 30-plus in the NBA. Riley was the general manager of the Golden State Warriors from 2009 to 2012, later serving as a consultant for the team. He was also an assistant coach and director of scouting for the Warriors, an assistant coach and advance scout for the Dallas Mavericks, director of player personnel for the Vancouver Grizzlies and an assistant coach and scout for the Milwaukee Bucks. Riley is the former head coach at Eastern New Mexico and Chadron State (Neb.).
Liffmann comes to the Hawks organization after having served as a television and podcast host and analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, covering the Golden State Warriors from 2016-22. He won a Northern California Emmy Award in 2018. The native of Burlingame, Calif. and graduate of University of California-Berkeley holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. For photos of Fields, Lutz, Giles, Eaddy, Higgins, Riley and Liffmann, please click here.