Drummond is expected to decline his $28.8 million player option for the upcoming season in hopes to test free agency this summer, making it imperative for the Pistons to move him before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.
While both sides were initially optimistic that a deal would flesh out, the talks are over for now. The Hawks were proposing a deal that would send Damian Jones and Chandler Parsons or Allen Crabbe (who was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier on Thursday to Detroit along with a first-round pick in return for Drummond.
Atlanta was hoping to give rising star Trae Young another top-tier partner to pair up with John Collins in the frontcourt, but the franchise will remain patient, knowing there are sure to be options to improve the roster through the draft or free agency. The Hawks will have the most money available to sign free agents in this upcoming offseason, and Drummond is reportedly expected to be one of their top targets.
Atlanta doesn't need to rush into anything given its 9-32 record, which means another high draft choice is on the way as this rebuild continues. The Hawks did already make a move on Thursday, acquiring point guard Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham in a trade that sent Crabbe to the Timberwolves. Teague will help fix Atlanta's dreadful backup point guard situation behind Young.