There has been a lot of criticism and backlash in response to a perceived failing grade in the draft for the Hawks. The Hawks were able to get arguably their 1st choice of players that would be available when their turn came at 24 but were able to trade down to 27 to get him. At the same time, the hawks were able to get the 31st overall pick which they traded for cash.
It is the second transaction that has caused so much outcry. It was assumed that the Hawks would have picked one of the available bigs left on the board. However, that wasn't the case and now many Hawks fans criticize the move as not a "winning" move.
But in the big picture of things, much is not lost. Many second round picks have very, very short NBA careers and the good ones become nothing more than utility role players. There are a few exceptions such as Gilbert Arenas, Manu Ginobli, Carlos Boozer and Rashard Lewis actually become All-Star caliber players in their careers. But choosing All-Stars in the 2nd round is an even greater long shot than it would be for the Houston Rockets winning this year's draft lottery.
The fact is that the Hawks passed up on a future role player. Rick Sund's vision is to improve the team now with veteran players. And I would gladly take a proven role player who can help now than to develop a future role player to help 3, 4, or 5 years down the line.