Hawks GM backed out of draft trade over leaked reports

Hawks GM backed out of draft trade over leaked reports

Not everyone believes in fake news reports.

Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk admitted that his NBA draft strategy one night earlier was altered by a leaked media report during trade talks, leading to him backing out of a proposed trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

During a radio interview Friday on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, the Hawks GM explained that a tipped news report helped him avoid dealing away additional draft picks to the Bucks, who picked No. 17 overall in the first round Thursday — two spots ahead of the Hawks at No. 19, where Atlanta selected Maryland guard Kevin Huerter.

“We had the 19th pick and we‘re coming down and we‘re actually talking to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like,” Schlenk explained. “There were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously Kevin (Huerter) was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take.

“So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us so that was beneficial to us last night.”

The Bucks instead chose Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo at No. 17, and the early tip helped the Hawks hold on to a few other draft picks.

–Field Level Media


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