Update No. 2: The Atlanta Hawks have publicly released the following statement about the ESPN report.
"Hawks leadership is undergoing a period of evaluation and looking at how basketball operations works best. There are no changes to report at this time and any reports indicating otherwise are inaccurate."
Update: Chris Vivlamore of the AJC brings word from the Hawks refuting the initial report.
From Hawks: "There are no changes to report at his time. Any reports indicating otherwise are inaccurate."— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) May 3, 2017
In the now famous interview with Chris Vivlamore and Jeff Schultz of the AJC published, Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler indicated that the front office duo of Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox was safe, adding that he believed that “Bud and Wes can actually do what I’m looking to do, can achieve the greatness I’m looking to achieve at this franchise.”
Less than two weeks later, however, a report from Jeff Goodman and Marc Spears of ESPN indicates that Wilcox and the Hawks have “parted ways” at this time.
This is blindsiding news given the context and a move that will certainly shed the light of intrigue on the front office. As of the time of this post, no additional details have come to light, but Wilcox would seemingly vacate his role as general manager (one he has held since 2015), leaving a day-to-day void in front office operations alongside Budenholzer in his role as president of basketball operations.
More information will almost certainly be on the way soon but, for now, we know that Wes Wilcox is reportedly on his way out as the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks.