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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Worst Move – The return for Schröder

Don’t get me wrong here, trading Dennis Schröder was needed. Despite being far and away the Hawks’ best player in 2017-2018, Schlenk needed to move on from Dennis, the one player who was truly entering his prime on the team.

The problem is what the Hawks got in return: not much. They gave up Schröder and quality backup big Mike Muscala for Justin Anderson, a 2022 lottery-protected first and the right to buy out Carmelo Anthony‘s contract.

Justin Anderson is now in the G-League after a year of mediocre play in Atlanta, the Thunder might be heading towards a rebuild, and if their pick lands in the top-14 in 2022, the Hawks will get two second-rounders instead, and Atlanta paid Carmelo $25 million last year for him to not play for them.

Meanwhile, Dennis Schröder’s career is having a second-wind in OKC, turning into a Sixth Man of the Year candidate by posting multiple career-highs off the bench.

Again, trading Schröder was the right move. It gave Trae Young tons of room to develop and improve. But the return the Hawks got is already bad, and it’ll be abysmal if the 2022 pick doesn’t transfer.