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Report: Trae Young Was Fined by Hawks for Using Private Jet During 2022 NBA Playoffs

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 17, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 13: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles the ball in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on January 13, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Hawks reportedly fined superstar guard Trae Young for chartering a private flight during last season's playoffs without informing the team.

According to Lauren Williams of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Young chartered the private flight back to Atlanta following a Game 2 road loss to the Miami Heat in the first-round playoff series that the Hawks ultimately lost 4-1.

Williams noted that Young's relationship with general manager Travis Schlenk has "deteriorated," and the issues began with Young's decision to neither fly back with the team nor inform the team of his whereabouts.

Since entering the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, Young has been one of the most explosive offensive players around.

In five NBA seasons, the 24-year-old Young is a two-time NBA All-Star, and he is trending toward a third this year with averages of 27.4 points, 9.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 three-pointers made per game.

Young has also helped guide the Hawks to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, including two years ago when Atlanta shockingly made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.

Following a first-round playoff exit last season, Schlenk made a big move on the trade market, acquiring guard Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs.

Murray, who was named an All-Star for the first time last season, has continued to put up strong numbers in Atlanta, but it hasn't translated to team success.

The Hawks are playing well below their potential with a 22-22 record, placing them ninth in the Eastern Conference. That means they would have to take part in the postseason play-in tournament if the season ended today.

If the Hawks miss the playoffs or even experience another first-round exit, it could potentially prompt the organization to make some major changes.

Firing Schlenk, who moved into an advisory role last month, and head coach Nate McMillan is likely the most realistic since Young just signed a contract extension with the Hawks last year and is under contract through the 2026-27 season.

If the Hawks decide to keep Schlenk, however, that may leave the option of trading Young on the table, especially if the reported issues between Atlanta's GM and star player cannot be resolved.