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Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson leaves to take same position with Nets

Hawks assistant general manager Jeff Peterson has left the organization to take the same position with Brooklyn, it was announced by the Nets on Saturday.

Peterson spent the past seven years in the Hawks organization, including the past three as the assistant general manager.

“Jeff grew into a key member of our basketball operations team over his seven years in Atlanta, and we are appreciative of all of his work during his time here,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said. “We wish him and his wife, Lauren, the best moving forward.”

Peterson, who played collegiately at Iowa and Arkansas and finished his career at Florida State, began his front office career with the Hawks as a seasonal basketball operations assistant in 2012. He was named assistant general manager under then-GM Wes Wilcox in 2016. He retained the position under Schlenk.

In making the announcement, Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a release: “We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and his wife, Lauren, to Brooklyn. Jeff is an innovative basketball executive who shares our strategic team building vision and will fit seamlessly within our culture. His extensive scouting and front office experience will be tremendous assets to our group as we continue to move forward.”

Peterson worked with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson in Atlanta from 2012-16. He will replace Trajan Langdon, who left to take the general manager’s position with the Pelicans earlier this month. The Nets reached out to the Hawks regarding Peterson shortly after Langdon’s departure.

The Hawks will not make an immediate move to replace Peterson.

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