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Hawks Hire Travis Schlenk As GM, Head Of Basketball Operations

May 25, 2017 11:25 AM

The Atlanta Hawks today announced the hiring of Travis Schlenk as General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations. He will start leading Hawks basketball operations on June 1.

Schlenk, a veteran of more than 16 years in the NBA, joins the Hawks after 12 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, including the last five as Assistant General Manager, where he assisted 2015 NBA Executive of the Year Bob Myers in the management of all day-to-day basketball operations activities. He was previously the Warriors’ Director of Player Personnel for two years after five seasons as an assistant coach and video scout.

During Schlenk’s time as part of Golden State’s basketball leadership, the Warriors hired 2016 NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr as head coach, drafted two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, two-time All-NBA selection Klay Thompson, two-time All-Defensive First Team pick Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; acquired 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut via trade; and signed 2014 MVP Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston.

“After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to his significant experience with two organizations that have built championship cultures, he is ready to lead our basketball operations at a critical time for making big decisions as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. We conducted a very thorough search process and believe Travis shares our vision for the team and the ability to implement it as we continue working hard to reach our commitment to bring a championship to Atlanta,” said Principal Owner Tony Ressler. “We appreciate the willingness of Joe Lacob and Bob Myers of Golden State for allowing Travis and his family to join the Hawks.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to join the Hawks and thankful to Tony Ressler and his ownership team for trusting me with this responsibility,” Schlenk said. “The passion of the ownership team was evident throughout the process, and the team’s high standard aligns with organizations I’ve been part of and plan to emulate in Atlanta. I am excited to get started and look forward to collaborating with the team to build a first-class, championship-level franchise with a goal of sustained success. I would also like to thank Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Larry Riley and Jerry West for being great mentors, strong advocates and friends during my time with Golden State, and for helping me prepare to serve in this role.”

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Travis Schlenk, Hawks Discussing Contract To Become GM

May 24, 2017 10:47 AM

Travis Schlenk has emerged as the choice for the Atlanta Hawks' general manager position. The two sides have entered contract talks.

Schlenk is currently assistant GM of the Golden State Warriors.

While the Hawks have been denied permission to interview Neil Olshey and David Griffin, they have interviewed Chauncey Billups, Tommy Shepherd and others.

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Chauncey Billups To Interview For Hawks' GM Job

May 22, 2017 12:45 PM

Chauncey Billups will interview with the Atlanta Hawks for their current general manager vacancy.

The interview will likely occur on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Billups is currently an analyst with ESPN.

Although he has no prior executive experience, Billups has long been a student of the game in understanding how to navigate within the collective bargaining agreement.

Mike Budenholzer was stripped of his responsibilities as president of basketball operations this offseason.

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Paul Millsap Opts Out Of $21.4M Contract With Hawks

May 22, 2017 12:34 PM

Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks for the 17-18 season as expected.

As a free agent in 2015, Millsap and his agent, DeAngelo Simmons, structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option.

Millsap initially joined the Hawks in 2013 from the Utah Jazz.

Millsap is expected to command a max or near max contract.

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Travis Schlenk Emerges As Candidate For Hawks' GM Job

May 20, 2017 3:18 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have received permission from the Golden State Warriors to interview Travis Schlenk for their general manager position.

Schlenk has been assistant general manager of the Warriors for the past five seasons.

Schlenk has been a GM candidate at various points in the past and is also being considered by the Orlando Magic.

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Hawks Interview Tommy Sheppard For GM Job

May 20, 2017 3:32 AM

The Atlanta Hawks spent several hours interviewing Tommy Sheppard for their general manager position this week.

Sheppard is a longtime executive of the Washington Wizards working under Ernie Grunfeld.

Sheppard was previously with the Denver Nuggets in the 1990s.

Tony Ressler and Grant Hill have been conducting meetings with candidates.

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Blazers Deny Request From Hawks To Interview Neil Olshey

May 20, 2017 2:58 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers denied a request from the Atlanta Hawks to interview Neil Olshey for their vacant general manager job.

Olshey became general manager of the Blazers in 2012.

The Hawks are searching for a new GM after Mike Budenholzer stepped down from the job.

Olshey was identified as a primary candidate for the job by the Hawks.

In order for the Blazers to let Olshey out of his contract, they would have to receive draft and/or financial compensation from the Hawks.

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Hawks Offered Four Future First Round Picks To Pacers For Paul George

May 19, 2017 1:12 AM

The Atlanta Hawks offered four first round picks to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George at the trade deadline.

The Pacers also received trade interest in George from the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets.

In addition to their own picks, the Hawks own future first rounders from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019.

The Hawks' front office has since undergone significant changes, with Mike Budenholzer stepping down as president of basketball operations. Atlanta is still searching for their ultimate decision maker.

With George only one year from free agency and believed to prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, it is unlikely the Pacers will receive a package of that quality again if they revisit trade talks.

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Hawks Interested In Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry For GM Job

May 16, 2017 11:42 AM

The Atlanta Hawks plan on discussing their general manager opportunity with Chauncey Billups and Brent Barry.

Billups and Barry are both currently in broadcasting but have interest in working on the team side in the future.

David Griffin, Joe Dumars, Gersson Rosas and Mark Hughes are also candidates.

The Hawks have received permission from the Rockets to interview Rosas, while New York has granted permission for Hughes to be interviewed.

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Troy Weaver Considered Candidate For Hawks' President Job

May 8, 2017 2:37 PM

Troy Weaver has emerged as a candidate to run the Atlanta Hawks' front office.

Weaver has long been Sam Presti's top lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Weaver has been a candidate for general manager positions in the past.

Mike Budenholzer has stepped down as president of basketball operations of the Hawks and the franchise is looking for his replacement as the ultimate decision maker.

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Joe Dumars, David Griffin Expected To Be Candidates For Hawks' Job
The Hawks are searching for a new president of basketball operations.

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Wes Wilcox Remaining With Hawks As Special Advisor To Ownership
Wes Wilcox was promoted to general manager in June 2015.

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Mike Budenholzer Relinquishes President Duties With Hawks
The Hawks will begin searching for a new head of basketball operations.

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Report: Hawks Part Ways With GM Wes Wilcox
Wes Wilcox had been general manager of the team, working closely with Mike Budenholzer.

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Mike Scott Cleared Of Felony Drug Charges
Several teams considered signing Mike Scott but decided to wait until a resolution was reached in his court case.

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Dwight Howard Likely To Only Fetch Cap Relief, 2nd Rounder On Trade Market
Dwight Howard averaged just 26.2 minutes per game in the playoffs as he was relegated to a lesser role.

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Dwight Howard Frustrated With Role At End Of First Season With Hawks
Dwight Howard expressed displeasure with how his first season with the Hawks ended.

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Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'
Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason.

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Hawks Promote Malik Rose To GM Of Erie BayHawks
Malik Rose will also continue in his role as manager of basketball operations for the Hawks.

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Thabo Sefolosha Settles Civil Lawsuit Against NYPD For $4M
Thabo Sefolosha suffered a broken right leg and ligament damage to his ankle during his arrest.

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Paul Millsap Diagnosed With Left Knee Synovitis
Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis and has undergone a non-surgical procedure at Emory.

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Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent
Paul Millsap could sign a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Hawks, or a four-year, $154 million deal with a rival team.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets
The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading Paul George.

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Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011
Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Magic.

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Dennis Schroder Benched Following On-Court Exchange With Dwight Howard
Dennis Schroder said he didn't understand the discipline and wanted a meeting to discuss it.

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Mike Budenholzer Suspended One Game For Making Contact With Referee
Mike Budenholzer bumped official Brian Forte as he ran up court.

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Hawks Claim Jose Calderon Off Waivers
Jose Calderon did not make any additional salary due to the Hawks claiming Calderon rather than waiting for him to clear waivers.

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Mike Dunleavy Has Right Ankle Synovitis
Mike Dunleavy will now undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation.

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Hawks Plan On Adding Jose Calderon
Atlanta can try to claim Jose Calderon off waivers outright or sign him when he clears.

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Hawks Interested In Jose Calderon
Following the injury to Kevin Durant, the Warriors followed through with their agreement to sign Jose Calderon and then waived him.

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