Hawks GM suspects LeBron’s camp leaked Warriors rumor

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk has brought on a former Warriors GM in an advisory role.

It’s not necessarily a surprise that LeBron James’ camp has been accused of providing information for an ESPN story that reported James would meet with the Golden State Warriors in free agency. (The story was written by trusted NBA insider Chris Haynes last week.)

What is shocking, however, is that someone has gone on record saying just that… and he’s the general manager of an NBA team.

Hello, Travis Schlenk, GM of the Atlanta Hawks, and the former assistant GM of the Golden State Warriors.

Appearing on a radio segment on CBS Atlanta, Schlenk spoke of the rumor and said he believes it was “probably” planted by someone close to James.

“I would be really, really surprised if LeBron went to Golden State,” Schlenk said.

Then, he went deeper.

“The one thing I will say about Mr. James — he is the master at using the media to get whatever story he wants out there,” Schlenk said. “He’s perfected the art of the social-media game. I think that those things were probably leaked by them, by Mr. James and his camp.”

That said, Schlenk reiterated he can’t seem James joining the Warriors.

“I don’t see a universe where that happens,” he said. “It would be interesting to see. It would be interesting to see what he’d be like with the rest of those guys, with his playmaking ability and obviously, with the shooting that Golden State has.”

James has since shot down the report, calling it “nonsense.” Also, following Tuesday’s loss at Orlando, James said he wanted to be with the Cavs “for the long haul.”