“It’s exciting,” Schlenk said of picking third. “Having the four picks (including ) the third pick, we get a lot of phone calls, which is exciting as well. We are going to go through all the different options presented to (us) and make the best decision, hopefully.”
It’s likely that a trade with the Nuggets won’t be the only option available to the Hawks, either before the draft or before the beginning of the free-agency period July 1.
Schlenk has said the Hawks project that as many as 16 teams will be subject to the luxury tax next season, which means several likely will be looking for cost-saving trades. The Hawks are one of a few teams projected to have the salary-cap space necessary to easily facilitate trades in which players with large contracts are acquired.
Schlenk said owning multiple picks gives the Hawks the flexibility to trade up or down in the draft next week. The Hawks also own the rights to a first-round pick from Cleveland that will convey in 2019 or 2020 if it’s not in the top 10 in either of those years.
“We are going through all those different scenarios and trying to evaluate whether the players in this draft would be players that we would value over the assets that we have stockpiled,” he said. “And are certainly looking at it through the other lens, where we look to see if . . . moving back to collect more assets would be more advantageous. All of the hypotheticals, those are what we are going through.”