Travis Schlenk said that the Atlanta Hawks will take a careful approach in free agency as they build around a core of Trae Young, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter.
“I think what’s really important is a lot of times mistakes are made when teams go, ‘We have this cap space, we need to use it.' You can’t spend it on the wrong guy. Right? I say all the time, if you make a mistake in a draft, it doesn’t kill your franchise. Obviously you don’t want to make mistakes, but you’re talking about a two-year guaranteed contract with a small dollar amount. You make mistakes and free agents, and now you’re talking, to today’s world, a four-year contract at $25, $30 million. Those can be [killers]," said Schlenk.
Lloyd Pierce added that the Hawks can't force the next step of their evolution.
“We feel like we’re in a position now where we feel like people are going to look at the Atlanta Hawks and say, ‘They’re onto something.' Young guys that are really good. Young culture that they’ve established that everyone loves, and that’s what we’re talking about...I don’t know what the next step is, if there’s a perfect free agent or the perfect locker room guy that can come in and help us, that’s great. But if there isn’t, we can’t force it.”