Ex-Warriors exec backed out of draft-night trade because of pick leaking

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk explains the power of NBA Twitter to Joe, Lo & Dibs

Karl Buscheck
June 22, 2018 - 9:54 am

Former Warriors executive and current Hawks GM Travis Schlenk shared an intriguing draft-night anecdote about the power of Twitter during an appearance with “Joe, Lo & Dibs” on Friday morning.

Schlenk had a trade in place to trade up from No. 19 to No. 17, before leaked picks Twitter revealed that such a move would not be necessary to secure Kevin Huerter, a Maryland guard.

“We had the 19th pick, and we're coming down and we're actually talking to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like," Schlenk said on 95.7 The Game.

"There's 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.”

"So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that, two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us, so that was beneficial to us last night."

Check out the full interview with Schlenk in the podcast below:

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