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Troy Weaver reportedly emerges as GM candidate for Atlanta Hawks

This is a new and intriguing name.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks-Press Conference Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have a high-profile opening in the front office and a swift timetable in which to fill it. In the hours after the formal announcement was made that Mike Budenholzer would be relinquishing the title of President of Basketball Operations, names like David Griffin and Joe Dumars surfaced as potential candidates.

Now, another name has come to the forefront and ESPN’s Marc Stein brings word.

Troy Weaver currently works as the Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the Oklahoma City Thunder and he has served in that role under Sam Presti since 2010. Prior to heading to Oklahoma City, Weaver worked in the Utah Jazz front office and, before that, he was a college coach at places like Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Back in 2014, SB Nation’s Tom Ziller references Weaver with the distinction of “being the best GM prospect who hasn't gotten his chance to run a team as of yet” and that is high-level praise. While the Hawks might be looking for someone with experience as the top dog, Weaver would probably be at the top of the heap with regard to those who have not held the position elsewhere and he is a talented executive.

More news to come. Stay tuned.