Hawks announce hirings of restructured basketball operations

The Hawks announced several additions and promotions to their restructured basketball operations staff on Friday.

The team named Michael Blackstone as Assistant General Manager, John Treloar as Director of Player Personnel and Malik Rose at Manager of Basketball Operations. Those three hires were reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in August.

In addition, the Hawks named Dotun Akinwale as Manager of Scouting, Matt Elijah as Manager of Basketball Administration, Daniel Starkman as Coordinator of Basketball Operations and David Painter as Director of Basketball Facilities.

Jeff Peterson has been promoted to Director of Scouting and Naya-Joi Martin to Manager of Player Programs. Rick Sund will continue as Senior Advisor and Mike McNeive will continue as Director of Basketball Operations.

“Much like building our team on the floor, we seek to add and retain high-character individuals who work well as a group at every level of our basketball operations department,” President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said in a statement released by the team. “We believe in a collaborative approach in everything we do, and are excited to have these talented and hard-working individuals with us.”

Blackstone comes to the Hawks from the Shapiro Negotiations Institute in Baltimore where he was Executive Vice President/Sports Practice Director. He was formerly the Executive Director of Basketball Operations for the Cavaliers from 2010-13.

Treloar, a veteran of 30 years in professional and college basketball, spent the last five seasons with the Suns, most recently as Director of Player Personnel. He was previously head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, in the Continental Basketball Association, and an assistant coach at Louisiana State University and Indiana University.

Rose, a 13-year NBA veteran, appeared in 813 regular season games with the Hornets, Spurs, Knicks and Thunder. He also appeared in 82 playoff games, winning two NBA championships with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003. Since retiring as a player, Rose worked in broadcasting with the Knicks, 76ers, Austin Toros of the NBA D-League, NBA TV and NBA Radio.

Akinwale spent the last two seasons with the Magic. He was an intern in basketball operations in 2013-14 and last season was promoted to Basketball Operations Coordinator.

Elijah most recently worked as an Associate at Alvarez and Marsal in San Francisco.

Starkman worked as a student manager with the University of Florida for the last four years.

Painter has been the Practice Facility Manager at Cleveland Clinic Courts for the Cavaliers since it opened in 2007.