Travis Schlenk Rumors
New Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he is open to trading up to get into the top of the draft but it’s not a priority. “I don’t feel a lot of pressure to move up,” Schlenk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s not like I’m sitting here saying we’ve got to get the 10th pick in the draft. I don’t think it will be that easy.”
“How do we get to — I’ll throw a number out there — the top 10?,” Schlenk said. “Obviously, we aren’t going to be able to do that with just (pick Nos.) 19 and 31. Then you are talking about having to give up a player or a future asset. If we did move up, who are we taking? Do we think that will be one of our cornerstones as we look at the long-term process of hopefully becoming a contender?”
Schlenk has said repeatedly in his short time on the job that the team will draft the best player available. They will focus on players with length, athleticism and character. Don’t expect to take a player based on need, even with the possibility of losing four-time All-Star forward Paul Millsap.
What are your thoughts on Travis Schlenk leaving to take the Atlanta GM job? Myers: I think he’ll be great. He was a big part of what we did. Deserves a lot of credit for where we are. And I think he’ll do well. I think they got a great guy. He’s going to make his mark there. He’s a friend, too, and he’ll be missed. We’ll move forward and pick up the pieces and keep going.
Schlenk said one of his top priorities is bringing back Millsap, a four-time All-Star who opted out of the final year of his contract.
Schlenk wants to find a way to make it work. He has yet to speak with Howard in person, but the two have exchanged text messages. “I certainly plan to sit down,” the new GM said. “I don’t judge people on what I hear. I judge people when I have a chance to sit down and talk to them. But he’s one of the most productive big guys in the league, so he’s important to us.”