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Dwight Howard's Sister GOES OFF on City of Atlanta and Hawks After His Trade

Howard's career has plummeted since he awkwardly forced his way out of Orlando in the summer of 2012, so much so that his unexpected trade from the Atlanta Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday was met with a collective "uh, OK?"

New general manager Travis Schlenk met with the media shortly before the start of Thursday's National Basketball Association draft to discuss his first big move: a deal that sent Howard to the Charlotte Hornets, while bringing little in return except salary cap relief.

She discussed the rebuilding effort, and says she understands the direction the franchise is going in, but believes that her brother was not a necessary move, and it may hurt the team's ability to sign big free agents in the future.

Last year, Atlanta selected Taurean Prince (No. 12 overall) and DeAndre' Bembry (No. 21 overall) with its first-round picks.

"No, our goal is to stay competitive".

"When I first got the job, one of the first things you do is start making calls to all the other teams to see what value your players have around the league".

John Collins walks off the stage after being selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the 19th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY. "Dwight's name came up in some of those conversations and over the course of the weeks Charlotte expressed a lot of interest".

Check out Soaring Down South for more Atlanta Hawks NBA Draft analysis. "Being competitive and increasing our flexibility, that's still where we are".

After just one year with the Hawks, the former All-NBA center was dealt, along with the No. 31 pick, for Marco Bellinelli, Miles Plumlee, and the No. 41 pick. "We obviously went with what we thought the best package there".

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