Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk appeared on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game to discuss the possibility of Atlanta trading back into the first round to get their player they wanted.
“There is a 75 or 76 percent chance that we’re going to have that pick at the ninth spot,” Schlenk said. “If we get lucky and jump up into the lottery, and hopefully Dallas does not, then we would be looking at two picks in the top ten, which would give us a lot of flexibility to maybe package picks and move up. We also have three picks in the second round this year — 35, 41 and 44 — so potentially five picks in the top 45. That gives us a lot of flexibility to make moves, so we’re excited about it.”
The Hawks could have the fifth pick and the ninth pick in the first round. Also, the team has three picks in the second round. After Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, this year’s draft is filled with loads of talented underclassmen with question marks. Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke declared for the NBA Draft. Including North Carolina’s Coby White, Virginia’s Kyle Guy (the 2019 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player) and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver have entered their names into the NBA Draft.
More importantly, for all of Williamson’s greatness, the biggest question remaining is where to play him. A team could likely tell Zion he would have to lose weight to play in the league or at least stop gaining weight since he has admitted to gaining 100 pounds in the last two years.
The NBA Draft takes places place Thursday, June 20 in Brooklyn.