Why Didn’t the Atlanta Hawks Trade for Markelle Fultz?

A quick primer on the reasoning behind the Atlanta Hawks not making a trade for former #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.

The answer is finally in: The Atlanta Hawks did not trade for Markelle Fultz, and he was instead sent to the Orlando Magic for Jonathan Simmons, a top 20 protected first round pick and a second-round pick.

When the Hawks and Magic were rumored to be in the running for the eminently talented but mysteriously injured and poorly handled point guard, this writer couldn’t help but smile.

If the Hawks are truly trying to emulate the famed “Process” era the 76ers made famous, then a trade for a distressed former #1 overall pick would fit the bill perfectly. One needs only take a gander at Fultz’s college highlight to see the innate upside that Fultz possesses:

Apparently, according to a piece by Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, the Hawks offered up the Cavaliers’ Top 10-protected first round pick acquired in the Kyle Korver deal, but since that pick will likely only convey as two second-rounders, the 76ers were more interested in a Top 20-protected pick that originally belonged to Oklahoma City as well as a future second-round selection.

In the end, a future first and a future second bested the offer that the Hawks were willing to give up for Fultz, who would’ve been more of a secondary creator and ancillary on an Atlanta Hawks team that is already flush with young talent.

While that might’ve been better for his development, we shall never know how Fultz would’ve fit alongside the generational passing of Trae Young, the bouncy athleticism of John Collins and the deadeye shooting of Kevin Huerter.

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The dream might be dead for me personally regarding Fultz, but with a few open roster spots, the Atlanta Hawks can take flyers on other young players going forward.

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