Former Atlanta Hawks General Manager Wes Wilcox made an appearance on The Full 48 podcast with Howard Beck this week. The show posted earlier today and focused on the recent free agency moves by teams all over the NBA during the last 48-72 hours.
Beck, a former NBA beat writer for both the Los Angeles Daily News and New York Times, is an NBA writer for the website Bleacher Report, and in his lead up to the show referred to Wilcox in high regard. “No one reads the league, the market better,” said Beck. “He really has a great way of breaking it down.”
Wilcox spent three years as an assistant general manager in Atlanta from 2012-2015 before being promoted duirng the offseason to general manager that year. He would resign in May of 2017 after what was being called a racially incensitive comment he made at a season ticket holder event reagrding his African-American wife and mixed children made the rounds in local and national media. Prior to his time in Atlanta, Wilcox served in a number of front office capacities for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) and Miami Heat.
During the show (17:15 mark) Wilcox made mention of the Milwaukee Buck’s new head coach, the Hawks former head coach and for a time general manager Mike Budenholzer. “He’s a terrific coach, it’s a great hire by Milwaukee and he’s going to absolutely improve that team.”
On Lebron signing with the Los Angeles Lakers Wilcox said, “We weren’t shocked, we knew the Lakers were going to land a super star-level player, it all lined up, it made sense.”
He continued, “Lebron is worth like 20 wins, [the Lakers] won 30 whatever last year. Lebron is so good, he is that great that they are going to win. I would expect the Lakers to win 50-plus games.”
On Demarcus Cousins move to the Golden State Warriors on a one-year, $5.3 million contract Wilcox said, “I couldn’t believe it. I was blown away. It makes all the sense in the world. My guess is he’s going to come out of this thing with a whole different perception and with a whole different market place assuming he’s healthy in 2019.”
There was no mention of the Hawks and its current roster during the one hour-plus long podcast.