Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk joined The Morning Show with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas on Tuesday to talk about the latest with the team. Schlenk said “no question” it’s tough to keep the morale up in losing games that are so close like Monday’s one-point loss to the Pelicans.

“We want it so badly to get that victory for them, our coaches and obviously for our fans,” said Schlenk.

Tyler Dorsey was sent down to the G-league, and Schlenk said players have a better chance to improve when they’re playing and getting minutes. He said it’s not a demotion like it used to be. Guys who have been sent down have shown improvement that they’re able to bring back to the NBA level.

The next couple of drafts are going to be big for the Hawks. You can’t rely strictly on trades and free agency. You can control draftees’ rights for eight years. That’s the best way to build a base for a franchise. College scouting is a big part of his job and Schlenk is starting tonight by traveling to Chicago to watch Duke-Michigan St. and Kentucky-Kansas.

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