Originally created 05/16/02

Hawks hire former Grizzlies GM

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday named former Memphis Grizzlies GM Billy Knight to the newly created post of director of basketball operations.

Knight, 49, will begin immediately and help the Hawks prepare for the June NBA draft.

"Billy is well recognized throughout the NBA for his exceptional abilities and his outstanding character," Hawks Vice President and GM Pete Babcock said. "He will be instrumental in all decisions we make as a staff as we will rely heavily on his many years of experience as a player and executive in professional basketball."

In 2000-01, Knight's first season with the Grizzlies, the team won a franchise-best 23 games.

Knight will be reunited in Atlanta with All-Star forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, whom he traded last season to the Hawks in exchange for Lorenzen Wright, Brevin Knight and the rights to NBA Rookie of the Year Pau Gasol.

Before joining the Grizzlies, Knight spent five years in the Indiana Pacers front office. He played eight years for the Pacers and was the franchise's all-time leading scorer when he retired.


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