Travis Schlenk Rumors
From the start, Myers leaned on West for advice, especially once elevated to GM, replacing Larry Riley. The Warriors’ unique collaborative process evolved, with decisions undertaken by a team consisting of Lacob, Myers, West and assistant GMs Travis Schlenk and Lacob’s older son, Kirk (and, later, coach Steve Kerr). Strong opinions were expected. Disagreement was encouraged. One rival coach calls it, “one of the healthiest organizations in the NBA.”
It’s believed potential candidates to replace D’Alessandro include Ryan West and Travis Schlenk. West, son of NBA legend Jerry West, is assistant scouting director for the Los Angeles Lakers. Schlenk is assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors. Schlenk interviewed with the Kings in 2013 for the position that went to D’Alessandro. D’Alessandro came to the Kings from Denver, where he worked under general manager Masai Ujiri. In his new position, D’Alessandro is expected to work for Josh Kroenke, president of the Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
It doesn’t sound like the Warriors have any intention of making a trade at this point, — even for a backup big man or wing scoring off the bench. The trade deadline is later this month. Said Schlenk: “We’ve been good for the past couple years. Maybe not championship quality but we’ve been playoff caliber. I tell (general manager) Bob (Myers) all the time ‘Our job now is not to screw it up.’ When you’re sitting with the record we have, and the year we’ve had, you’d like to tinker but you don’t want to mess it up. Chemistry is such a big thing, and our group of guys has such great chemistry. We’d hate to do a move just to do a move and have it mess up our chemistry.
Matt Steinmetz: Detroit FP reporting Warriors asst. GM Travis Schlenk on short list to replace Dumars. Schlenk interviewed for Kings GM job last year.
In addition to exploratory conversations with Bird and Mullin, the Kings have formally interviewed Dunleavy, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace and Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk for the job, sources said. The search is “very fluid” and is expected to expand beyond the current crop of candidates, one person familiar with the process said. “It’s wide open,” another league source said. “It’s not concrete on those guys.”
Yet while it has been reported that West is pushing for his former Memphis colleague, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, he said the only candidate he’s endorsing is Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk. “I think with Travis, I see a lot of people get jobs, but this guy is eminently qualified,” West said of Schlenk. “I don’t call many times or talk to people on behalf of people – and I get a lot of calls to do it – but I have an unbelievably high regard for him and I think he would be a great choice, whether he’s (Ranadive’s) choice or not.
Travis Schlenk is one of several candidates Vivek Ranadivé is considering to run the Sacramento Kings’ new front office. Along with Chris Wallace of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors assistant GM is one of two men that has reportedly spoken to Ranadivé about the opportunity. If Schlenk is hired to lead the Kings new front office, what should fans expect from the young executive? He is a man, according those who know him well, that embraces the changing landscape of talent evaluation while still holding old-fashioned methods with high regard. Mitch Germann, a former executive with the Kings, is a friend of Schlenk’s and in a recent interview with The Wichita Eagle, he described Schlenk as someone who “always married technology with the craft, a mixture of art and science”. “I think, for me personally, I do like the numbers,” Schlenk told Warriors radio broadcaster Tim Roye in an interview two years ago before the 2011 NBA Draft. “I like statistics, but I think it’s just part of it. I think a big part of it is going out and watching a guy. I like watching a guy’s mannerisms on the court, how he interacts with the coaches, what happens when he comes out of the game, what he’s doing during timeouts.”
NBA coaching sources maintain that Malone was the only coaching candidate considered by Ranadive, who became familiar with Malone as a Warriors minority owner. A source close to the situation said legendary player and general manager Jerry West, now a consultant with the Warriors, has been counseling Ranadive through the hiring process. Ranadive is in the process of interviewing GM candidates, including Chris Wallace and Travis Schlenk.
According to two people with knowledge of the talks, the owner who formally took control of the team on Tuesday has already interviewed Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk and Memphis general manager Chris Wallace for the Kings’ general manager position. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
When the new GM is hired could take some time.Geoff Petrie and Co. continue to work on the NBA Draft while the search continues for Petrie’s replacement. Ranadive is being advised during this process by the likes of Jerry West, among others. So the search won’t be limited to known candidates like GSW asst. GM Travis Schlenk. One situation to monitor is Indiana. If Larry Bird is truly interested in returning to the franchise, Kevin Pritchard becomes an option. Ranadive could also make a run at Bird. In this search, there’s no reason Ranadive won’t swing for the fences, which is why San Antonio’s R.C. Buford came up, even though most don’t expect there to be any interest from Buford.
So it’s no surprise two names being discussed to replace Petrie and a possible replacement for coach Keith Smart have ties to the Warriors. One candidate to replace Petrie is Golden State assistant general manager/director of player personnel Travis Schlenk. Another candidate is Chris Mullin, the Hall of Fame player who spent most of his career with the Warriors.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Vivek Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs team president R.C. Buford, Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. Former Indiana general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive’s internal list is not believed to be limited to this group. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
Warriors assistant general managers Travis Schlenk and Kirk Lacob met with Spanish club Unicaja to discuss Ognjen Kuzmic’s future.
Schlenk said they are surprised about the improvement of Kuzmic. “They are doing a great job with him and his progress has been great during the last year,” said Schlenk.
Travis Schlenk, Warriors’ assistant GM: Schlenk has risen through the ranks from video guy to a trusted voice on all trades and personnel decisions. In what can often be a challenging environment with an abundance of agendas, Schlenk has just put his head down and outworked everyone. He’s invaluable when it comes to evaluating college talent, scouting pro personnel and working out complicated trade mechanics. In other words, he wears all the hats well. As much as the Warriors value him, sources say the team wouldn’t stand in the way if Schlenk got an opportunity for a promotion with another organization.
The Warriors have made some big moves since owner Joe Lacob took over the team in November, including a couple to their front office. They brought in NBA icon Jerry West and former agent Bob Myers, both of which were considered outside-the-box hires. The team is expected to make another move, although it will certainly come with less fanfare. Travis Schlenk, who has been with the Warriors for seven seasons, will be promoted and have the title of assistant general manager/director of player personnel, beginning on July 1.