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Report: Hawks no longer engaging Pistons on Andre Drummond trade

Andre Drummond

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks on November 22, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Hawk were interested in Pistons center Andre Drummond.

Instead, Atlanta traded for Jeff Teague.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

The Atlanta Hawks are no longer engaging with the Detroit Pistons on a trade that would have landed them All-Star big man Andre Drummond, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In the deal for Drummond that has been nixed, Detroit would have received Damian Jones, Chandler Parsons or Allen Crabbe (who was dealt to Minnesota on Thursday) and a first-round pick, sources said.

I wonder what this does for the “confidence” Drummond will be traded this season. Other teams are also interested. But Atlanta had the right combination of expiring contracts and draft picks to meet Detroit’s asking price.

It was probably wise of the Hawks to pass. If they want Drummond, they’ll have the cap space to pursue him in free agency this summer. They’re not winning meaningfully this season, anyway.

Atlanta’s losing had caused internal turmoil. But as much-needed backup point guard, Teague should make the the Hawks respectable enough for now. Teague also came at a far lower price than Drummond would have.

The Pistons, too, also in the midst of a lost season. They appear ready to move Drummond before he hits free agency. I’m just not sure they’ll get a satisfactory offer before the deadline. Few teams need another center, and it’s difficult to match Drummond’s $27,093,019 salary without including a player better than him.