In a matter of weeks, the Hawks’ organizational chart has changed significantly. In mid-December, Travis Schlenk left his position as president at Landry Fields, after this Friday, Kyle Korver became assistant GM.
These changes, we learned from The Athletic, cannot be hidden, and they even described, the seizure of power by Nick Ressler (27). The son of franchise owner Tony Ressler has been putting on weight in Atlanta for the past two years and has since taken the “athletic director” job.
Therefore, under his impulse Travis Schlenk was dismissed. Because if officially the former president is now a “special adviser”, unofficially, explain to our colleagues, he no longer has power over the decisions made by the franchise. He’s still free to leave Atlanta for another team…
This growing influence of Nick Ressler, since December 2020, caused chaos in the offices of the Hawks, and the “dad”, Tony Ressler made the decision.
The transfer of Dejounte Murray, the beginning of the end for Travis Schlenk
Among the main moments of Travis Schlenk’s tensions and downfalls, there is the transfer of Dejounte Murray. The former president expressed doubts about the price to be paid to bring the Spurs playmaker, when Nick Ressler and Landry Fields, as well as other leaders, agreed to the transfer.
As a reminder, the Hawks sent three first-round draft picks, the option to trade a first-rounder in 2026 and Danilo Gallinari to get back the All-Star point guard. Without forgetting that the arrival of Dejounte Murray forced the leaders to give Kevin Huerter to Sacramento two days later, to avoid paying the “luxury tax”.
Despite the arrival of Dejounte Murray, the Hawks should take off, and in the middle of the season, we can only see that the results remain disappointing. If we add chaos at the top of the organizational chart, a Nate McMillan who has considered resigning and players regularly announcing his departure like John Collins (who doesn’t care if he stays or leaves…), the picture is hardly satisfied with Georgia…
Inevitably, Dejounte Murray, who arrived from the Spurs, a model of resilience, was not thought to thrive in a difficult and contradictory situation.
“A lot of things that happen are not about basketball,” he recognizes. “And when it comes to basketball, there are rumors. I won’t say it’s more than I thought it would be, but I come from San Antonio where it’s quieter. There’s a lot going on and I’m trying on my side to keep the guys with my leadership, to work hard and to avoid all that noise. Then, we cannot hide or run away. I love the difficulty, it allows you to show who you are. »
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