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Atlanta Hawks promote Malik Rose to GM of Erie BayHawks

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Hawks begin setting up D-League operation.

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The Atlanta Hawks have promoted Malik Rose to General Manager of the Erie Bayhawks according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore. Per the report, Rose will also continue in his role within the team’s basketball operations.

The Hawks will operate the D-League’s Erie BayHawks for the next two seasons before the team relocates to College Park for the 2019-20 season. That means in addition to naming Rose as GM, the Hawks will also be constructing the team’s coaching staff and training personnel as well as controlling its entire basketball operations.

Rose has spent the last two seasons working in Atlanta’s basketball operations department alongside Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox.

*Update*

The Atlanta Hawks have officially announced the move with statements from Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Mike Budenholzer as well as General Manager Wes Wilcox.

“We are pleased to announce Malik as the first general manager of our development league franchise. We have been consistent in expressing our belief in the importance of the NBA Development League as we have benefitted greatly from its player and staff development,” President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Malik will do an excellent job setting the foundation of our basketball operations culture and system in Erie.”

"Malik continues to play an invaluable role in our front office and the added responsibility of managing the day-to-day operations of our D-League expansion is a natural progression for both Malik and the Hawks,” Hawks General Manager Wes Wilcox said. “We look forward to a successful 2017-18 season in the NBA Gatorade League and to our upcoming relocation to College Park in 2019.”

“I'm thankful to Tony Ressler, our ownership team, Coach Bud and Wes for trusting me with this great opportunity. We have utilized the Development League extensively over the past two seasons, and in that time, we have seen the incredible value in the D-League,” Rose said. “I look forward to helping to establish our D-League operation and cannot wait to get started.”