Atlanta Hawks GM Travis Schlenk’s Best and Worst Moves

Atlanta Hawks GM Travis Schlenk (Photo by Scott Cunngham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Second Worst Move – Baze Trade and 2020 Vets

While the 2018-2019 Atlanta Hawks weren’t exactly world-beaters, they did overachieve a bit thanks to having a solid group of veterans to play next to their young guys: Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore, Jeremy Lin, Miles Plumlee, and Dewayne Dedmon.

The 2019-2020 team saw only Vince return, with all the rest leaving in trades or free agency. Schlenk tried to repeat that veteran success but failed for the most part.

Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner, and Chandler Parsons all looked like they rather be anywhere else than Atlanta, and were quickly moved out of the rotation after just a few months.

All three were off the team by the deadline, with Schlenk bringing in Jeff Teague to help fill that vet role, which he did much better.

Perhaps most disappointing was trading fan-favorite Kent Bazemore for Evan Turner after a few years of Baze being in trade rumors. Some projected the Hawks might be able to fetch true future assets for Bazemore. Instead, they got just19 games out of Turner.