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Isaiah Taylor, Tyler Dorsey, a 10day-er signed today from the GL, Mike Muscala and Miles Plumlee - that's the ideal tank lineup and Indy couldn't beat us, smh.

 

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16 hours ago, jayu70 said:

Isaiah Taylor, Tyler Dorsey, a 10day-er signed today from the GL, Mike Muscala and Miles Plumlee - that's the ideal tank lineup and Indy couldn't beat us, smh.

 

Yeah that's pretty funny.

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GM Travis Schlenk follows Warriors’ blueprint to rebuild Hawks

 

By Connor Letourneau

MSN  


 

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Travis Schlenk to understand the notoriety that comes with his new job. In late May, after touching down in Atlanta to be introduced as the Hawks’ general manager, Schlenk found his iPhone flooded with roughly 2,000 congratulatory texts, emails and voicemails.

“My wife was like, ‘You don’t have that many friends,’ which is true,” Schlenk said in a recent phone interview. “The amount of people that reach out to you when you get a job like this is pretty astonishing.”

Over his previous 12 years with the Warriors, Schlenk had worked his way from video scout to assistant coach to, ultimately, assistant general manager. Now, as Atlanta’s head of basketball operations, he is trying to use the blueprint he learned in Golden State to make the Hawks relevant again.

It will require patience.

After helping oversee a team that has won two of the past three NBA titles, Schlenk is in the early stages of a long-term reclamation project. Atlanta enters Friday night’s game against the Warriors tied for the league’s fifth-worst record at 19-43. Though they have a capable head coach in Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks lack proven NBA talent.

“Travis is doing what he has to do,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said. “That team had a really good run over the last decade. … There comes a time where you just have to reshuffle the deck. He knows that, and that’s what he set out to do.”

Schlenk’s Warriors tenure was defined by persistence. During his dozen years in the Bay Area, he watched four head coaches come and go. Schlenk weighed in on the decision to take Stephen Curry with the No. 7 pick of the 2009 NBA draft. Thirteen months later, after an ownership group led by Joe Lacob purchased Golden State for $450million, Lacob decided to keep Schlenk.

A native of Selden, Kan. (population 212), he had earned a reputation as a dogged worker with a keen eye for player evaluation. Those close to Schlenk are impressed by his ability to collaborate while still holding firm to his opinions.

“He had a great awareness of what success looked like and felt like,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. “He obviously helped us attain that in Golden State. But more than anything, I felt like he was a guy who just needed to get an opportunity.”

After the Hawks lost in six games to Washington in the first round of the playoffs last April, they removed Budenholzer’s front-office responsibilities and moved general manager Wes Wilcox to a role as special adviser to ownership. Schlenk, who had been in the mix for several other GM jobs in recent years, interviewed with Atlanta between Games 2 and 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Three weeks after getting hired, Schlenk traded eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard and the two years and $40million left on his contract to Charlotte in what was essentially a salary dump. Schlenk opted not to re-sign free agent Paul Millsap. As the Hawks pile up losses, Schlenk is touting the future.

He saw firsthand with Golden State that the best way to rebuild is through the draft. Ten months after leaving the Warriors days before the NBA Finals, he and Atlanta have five first-round picks over the next two years. It also helps that Hawks majority owner Tony Ressler is willing to spend the money necessary to attract high-profile free agents.

In December, Atlanta opened a state-of-the-art practice facility in the northeastern suburb of Brookhaven. The Hawks have purchased a G League team and broken ground on a $42million, 100,000-square-foot arena for the minor-league affiliate. Philips Arena is well into a renovation, and there are plans for major development in the area immediately surrounding it.

“There are a lot, a lot of positives,” Schlenk said. “One of the great things is having a good ownership group, just like we had with Golden State.”

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