Following their unlikely run to the conference final this season, the Hawks prefer to keep a cool head. Franchise executives did not sign any high profile free agents and instead opted for stability with the extensions of Trae Young and John Collins.
Around their flagship duo, Lou Williams has also re-established itself just like Solomon Hill. In the end, only Delon Wright and Gorgui Dieng put their suitcase in Georgia. Not enough to turn into a real contender for the NBA title next season.
As a result, Travis Schlenk plays it piano and does not want to spoil everything, especially as Atlanta begins to regain its former glory. “When you look at our workforce of young talent, I think we’ve never had so many strengths in the past. Now we have players who can match the highest salaries. “
And sign them as shown in the Young and Collins cases. Not a fan of the current fashion where players almost choose their own team, Schlenk still hopes that his team will take advantage of this trend after having eaten his black bread for many years, in the back of the Eastern Conference.
“We put Atlanta back on the NBA card”, he says for The Athletic. “Those who want to be traded want to go to a team where they think they can win. I think we are part of these teams because we have a core made up of young talents who have performed in the playoffs. So the hope would be that a superstar would ask to come to us, when she wants to leave her franchise. “
Confirm before spending
As the leader says, there will be no madness regarding arrivals this summer. “We will stay at 14 players because we are close to the luxury tax. We only have $ 1.8 million in margin, it seems to me. The Hawks have in fact almost $ 134 million guaranteed as franchises start paying the luxury tax at $ 136.6 million.
However, the Hawks recruiting unit will still be active to meet certain needs. “We are a bit short at the pivot post with the injury of Onyeka Okongwu. So we might try to solve this problem with an unsecured contract as we did for Solomon Hill. It will give us some flexibility before the trade deadline. “
Before potentially changing gear next summer, management is asking for confirmation this year. “We hope to achieve the same route. It would position us as serious competitors. Tony (Antony Ressler, majority shareholder of the Hawks) will surely be ready to pay the luxury tax if that ensures us to play the title ”, judge the GM.
Trae Young now knows what to do to see another superstar arrive in Atlanta.