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Hawks president Travis Schlenk becomes an advisor

Hawks president Travis Schlenk becomes an advisor

Atlanta Hawks President of basketball operations Travis Schlenk is moving into a senior advisor role, the team announced, effective immediately.

General Manager Landry Fields will oversee basketball operations.

Schlenk, 46, said in a statement that he resigned to prioritize family.

“During this season, [Hawks owner Tony Ressler] and I’ve had multiple honest conversations about some of the personal things I’ve been through and how I’ve been feeling, and I appreciate the advice he’s given me as well as the opportunity he’s given me six seasons ago to be a manager general for the first time,” he said in the statement announcing the news. “As we enter a new year, it feels like the right time to step back, reflect and prioritize my family.”

“I am proud of the group I assembled both on the floor and in the front office. We have built a strong foundation for the Hawks franchise and achieved a high level of success. As an advisor, I look forward to working with Tony and Landry. and continue to make contributions in less visible but still impactful ways.”

Fields, 34, was promoted to GM earlier this year after joining the franchise as an assistant GM in 2020. He played five seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks i Toronto Raptors and had a front office role with the San Antonio Spurs before joining the Hawks.

Schlenk, who will report to Ressler in his new role, was hired in May 2017 and took the lead in rebuilding a team that won just 24 games in 2017-18. He acquired significant talent in his six seasons overseeing basketball operations, including the draft night trade for a star point guard. Bring on Young in 2018, helping the Hawks reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021.

The Hawks, however, have struggled to repeat that success. They finished 43-39 last season and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and are currently 16-15 and seventh in the Eastern Conference this season.

“We are extremely grateful for the work Travis has done to guide our franchise through a rapid rebuilding process and to become a playoff contender. He has worked tirelessly since his first day with our organization to advance- us toward our ultimate goal of becoming a championship franchise,” Ressler said in the statement. “With his keen eye for talent, work ethic and knowledge of our team, we are confident he will serve us well as a trusted advisor.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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