Hawks promote GM Schlenk to president of basketball ops




ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have given general manager Travis Schlenk an extra title: president of basketball operations.

Owner Tony Ressler announced the promotion on Monday, saying he is ''extremely pleased with the direction that Travis and our entire basketball operations team has us heading as a franchise.''

As he goes into his third year with the Hawks, Schlenk has totally overhauled the roster and assembled an impressive core of young players through the draft, including Trae Young, John Collins and incoming first-round picks De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.

The Hawks have endured two straight losing seasons but Ressler says the massive rebuilding job has provided ''the cap space, draft picks and financial flexibility needed to have long-term success in the NBA.''

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