The Hawks' general manager searchled, as many roads do in the NBA in recent years, to the Warriors.
Atlanta tabbed Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk as its new general manager and head of basketball operations on Thursday morning. Schlenk, who has spent the past 12 years with the Warriors, including the past five as assistant GM helping build the league's preeminent powerhouse, will step into his new role starting June 1 ahead of the NBA Draft and a pivotal free agency period for the franchise.
During his tenure, the Warriors won the 2015 NBA title, reached three consecutive NBA Finals, set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins in 2016, drafted the likes of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and hired NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr.
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 in a statement. The passion of the ownership team was evident throughout the process, and the teams high standard aligns with organizations Ive 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.
OFFICIAL! We have hired Travis Schlenk as our new GM and head of Basketball Operations. pic.twitter.com/qwhRPOUxRI
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 25, 2017
Schlenk joins the organization at a crucial juncture. Stepping in to lead a basketball department that recently reassigned former GM Wes Wilcox (now an advisor to ownership) and former head of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer (now strictly serving as head coach), the former Warriors executive faces major decisions in the form of unrestricted free-agentforwardPaul Millsap and restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Hawks also have 11 draft picks scattered over the next three seasons.
"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," Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler said in a statement. "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."
Prior to his time with the Warriors, Schlenk worked for the Miami Heat (2000-2004) and Orlando Magic (1997-98).
He's worked with some of the top names in basketball during his career, from Kerr and Warriors GM Bob Myers to Hall of Famers Pat Riley and Chuck Daly to well-respected coaches Stan Van Gundy and Erik Spoelstra.
Hes one of the bright, young executives in the league and someone who has played a major role in our success over the last several years," Myers said in a statement. "His attention to detail, leadership ability and work ethic are traits that will serve him well in his new role with the Hawks. They are fortunate to have him and will benefit greatly from his presence in the organization.
The Hawks will introduce Schlenk at a formal press conference on May 26.