2020 NBA Draft: Hawks Not Focused on Next Year, But Next 9 Years

GM Travis Schlenk explains how the team has options for the 6th overall pick

The Atlanta Hawks were awarded the 6th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft during Thursday night's NBA Draft Lottery. The 6th pick was relatively expected by the Hawks front office and was statistically the most likely landing spot for the Hawks pick.

The question that Atlanta Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk and his staff have to answer is going to be, is the sixth selection going to provide them the player they need or do they need to be a little bit aggressive to find that player.

Travis Schlenk joined John and Hugh on Friday morning and shared what he's looking for with this years pick.

“I don’t look at positions, I use the draft to go get a player and have them under contract for potentially as long as nine years," says Schlenk. "We’re going to get the player we think is going to be the best player not necessarily his rookie year or second year, but a nine-year window where this guy can be an Atlanta Hawk. We’re going to go out and try to get a player we think can be a franchise piece for us.”

Schlenk continued by explaining that there isn't going to be a single guy they want, but that they will have a few options that could fit with this team.

"We have a group of guys and we’re going to dig deep on those guys, figure out who those guys are, and really get to work and hopefully make a good decision."

To hear all of Travis Schlenk's comments, click here.