Hawks GM backed out of draft trade over leaked reports

Dončić selected 3rd by Hawks to become highest picked Slovenian

From Mikal Bridges going at No. 10 by the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Phoenix Suns to Donte DiVincenzo going seven picks later to the Milwaukee Bucks, Jay Wright has plenty to be proud of when it comes to his former players heading to the National Basketball Association. A deal was in place to give up the No. 19 pick and another draft choice.

Then Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania tweeted that the Bucks meant to select Donte DiVincenzo (Adrian Wojnarowski either didn't have this one or held back from reporting it), and suddenly the Hawks had no reason to make the trade. He called the wait of the previous nine picks before he heard his name called "the longest 45 minutes of my life".

The Atlanta Hawks selected Villanova forward Omari Spellman in the first round of Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft at Barclays Center with the 30th overall pick, culminating the 6-foot-9 post player's path to the professional ranks. At least with the big body of Spellman plus the additions of other first rounders in Luka Doncic and Kevin Huerter, the Hawks deserve credit for taking the necessary steps to get back on the winning track.

"We had the 19th pick, and we're coming down and we're talking actually to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like", Schlenk told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, via ESPN. "There were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously Kevin [Huerter] was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take".

It could be bombs away in Atlanta this season with the additions of Trae Young and Huerter.

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