ATLANTA (AP) - On a night when the focus is on the future, the Atlanta Hawks insist they're not looking for a major overhaul after trading Dwight Howard.
New general manager Travis Schlenk met with the media shortly before the start of Thursday's NBA draft to discuss his first big move: a deal that sent Howard to the Charlotte Hornets , while bringing little in return except salary cap relief.
Schlenk, who came to Atlanta from champion Golden State , says the deal fit his goal of maintaining flexibility "as we work to get this franchise going in the direction we want." He believes the Hawks can remain competitive while bolstering the roster, saying the team is "not in a rebuild."
The Hawks have the No. 19 pick in the first round of the draft, along with two second-round selections.