The Atlanta Hawks made it official on Wednesday formerly announcing Travis Schlenk as the team’s new general manager and head of basketball operations. The team will hold a press conference on Friday, June 2 to formerly introduce Schlenk.
“After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks. 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. 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,” said Principal Owner Tony Ressler. “We appreciate the willingness of Joe Lacob and Bob Myers of Golden State for allowing Travis and his family to join the Hawks.”
Schlenk spent the last 12 seasons with the Golden State Warriors including the last five as the team’s assistant general manager.
“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. “The passion of the ownership team was evident throughout the process, and the team’s high standard aligns with organizations I’ve 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.”
The Warriors will make their third straight appearance in the NBA Finals this season and are looking for their second championship.
“While it's hard to see Travis leave our organization, this is a terrific opportunity for him,” said Warriors President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers. “He’s 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. 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 ended the season with a 43-39 record and a first round exit from the playoffs. They elected to shakeup the front office removing the president’s title from head coach Mike Budenholzer while reassigning general manager Wes Wilcox to an advisor’s role.
Schlenk will have plenty of decisions to make this offseason with the draft just a few weeks away along with the free agency decisions on Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr among others.