Sources: Hawks no longer engaged in Andre Drummond trade talks

Chris Haynes

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.

Both sides were optimistic weeks ago that a deal would eventually be ironed out to pair rising star Trae Young with another top-tier talent.

But Atlanta is seeking to remain patient, knowing there will be options to improve via the draft and during free agency, sources said.

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.

Drummond is expected to decline his $28.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season in order to test free agency this summer, sources said.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Andre Drummond is averaging 17.3 points and 15.7 rebounds per game this season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Detroit is still actively fielding calls on Drummond, sources said.

The 6-foot-10 center is averaging 17.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 40 games this season.

If the Hawks don’t address their center need by the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Drummond is expected to be one of their top targets in free agency, sources said.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is also on the Hawks’ radar and talks could potentially pick up steam as the deadline looms, sources said.

The Hawks are 9-32 and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The team has played better since John Collins returned from serving a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program.

At 15-27, the Pistons are 10th in the East, four games from the eighth and final playoff spot. They are sellers with the deadline approaching, sources said.

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