Jeff Schultz

This AJC sports blogger takes things seriously when he has to, but he really would rather not

Hawks ask fans for GM candidates and, well ... ('blond Rodman'?)


The Hawks' official Twitter account sent out a Tweet Monday, asking fans,  "Who do you want to see as our next GM?"

Asking anybody anything on Twitter can be perilous  The Braves held their first in a series of "Ask Coppy" sessions with fans in the midst of a roster tear-down in January of 2016 and there were a few darts thrown at general manager John Coppolella. As it turns out, people can be sarcastic and vicious on Twitter. Who knew?

The Hawks' general manager search has dragged on for a few weeks now. Coach Mike Budenholzer stepped down from his duties as president of basketball operations on May 4. General manager Wes Wilcox was demoted to "special adviser," likely a prelude to him leaving the organization.

The draft is June 22. Free agency will  follow. So the Hawks need to get somebody in place soon, given all of the major decisions that have to be made (draft picks, Paul Millsap free agency, status of Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore, etc.)

Why has a GM not been hired yet? It's logical to assume there are candidates working for teams still in the playoffs. Examples: Cleveland general manager David Griffin, Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, Boston assistant general manager Mike Zarren. There have been a blur of names associated with the job, and some may even be factual. Feel free to Google.

But for now, let's look at how the Twitterverse weighed in:

I haven't actually counted but it appears there have been far more nominations for Danny Ferry than anybody else. Not a surprise. For what it's worth, I don't believe the Hawks' former GM is a realistic candidate. I wrote on the subject two weeks ago: Here's the link.

Then again, Ferry has a better chance than Billy Knight.

Interview question for Golden State's assistant general manager: "Will you be bringing Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson with you? No? How about two out of three? One? Maybe at least Zaza?"

Pretty sure that's a no.

Of course.

I'd be totally fine with this guy. I just don't think he has any interest in leaving Miami Beach at the age of 72.

The Hawks' job scares some people.

Why? Because he's done such a great job with the Knicks?

He got a statue. Let's leave it at that.

 

Multiple votes from the disturbed corner of the universe.

Like "old Elvis."

I like his attitude. Now get off my lawn.

 

 

Winner!

Two actual candidates. At least on the internet. So they count.

 

The guy who tanked the Sixers.

It's good to have a plan.

EARLIER: Millsap takes a step toward free agency, and it might be for the best

EARLIER: " We Never Played The Game" podcast, including post-Freeman Braves and Hawks' GM search.

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Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger who isn't afraid to share his opinion, which may not necessarily jibe with yours.