Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the Atlanta Hawks are expected to hire former league attorney Michelle Leftwich to the role of Vice President of Salary Cap Administration.
The Hawks are hiring Michelle Leftwich away from the NBA to join Atlanta's front office as a VP in basketball ops, @NYTSports has learned— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 19, 2017
Leftwich was hired by the NBA in 1996 as an attorney to assist in the handling of legal issues for the league. She is best known for her role in the 2014 case against Donald Sterling for racist comments made by the former Los Angeles Clippers owner. Her expected role in Atlanta is to work alongside general manager Travis Schlenk in salary cap issues and in an advisory role.
League sources say Leftwich is expected to join the Hawks next month as VP of salary cap administration assisting Hawks GM Travis Schlenk— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 19, 2017
Leftwich is leaving the NBA after holding the role of Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. The Hawks had formerly had two cap analytic experts on staff before this season but Leftwich is expected to take over those roles in the front office. This seems to be a great hire by the Hawks as Leftwich has great experience with the NBA and salary cap rules and regulations in her previous role with the league office.