Hawks look to future on draft night, address trade of Howard

Hawks look to future on draft night, address trade of Howard

Hawks look to future on draft night, address trade of Howard

The Atlanta Hawks are banking on the Wake Forest star's productivity translating to the next level, tabbing the 6-foot-10 forward with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

After one disappointing year with his hometown team, Howard was stunningly traded to Charlotte on Tuesday in a deal that mainly provided some salary cap relief.

"I understand the rebuilding process, but I don't think that was the best move", Howard's sister said of the trade.

Starting off with Atlanta and Charlotte, Atlanta is shipping away Dwight Howard and the 31st pick in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick in the draft.

Howard obviously has his problems as Atlanta moved on from him after only one year and he has now been on five teams in seven National Basketball Association seasons.

But Schlenk repeatedly said the trade is not the start of a rebuild, despite everyone else believing otherwise. "Being competitive and increasing our flexibility, that's still where we are".

Many pegged Collins as a potential lottery pick, but concerns about his defensive acumen may have caused him to slide a bit on draft night. Dwight's name came up in some of those conversations.

Fans can catch the three newly drafted Hawks players when Atlanta opens NBA Summer League play against the Brooklyn Nets July 7 at 5 p.m.at Cox Pavilion.

The Hawks held the No. 19 pick in the first round and picks No. 41 and 60 in the second round.

Associated Press writer Andy Buhler contributed to this report.

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