LaMELO Ball is one and done in the NBL and the Hawks appear to have the same attitude to league's Next Stars program - at least at the point guard position.
Ball's move to the Hawks saw astronomical rises in the club's social media presence and global attention, but it didn't prove a success on the floor with the Hawks finishing their season on Friday at 5-23.
Ball played only 12 games before succumbing to a foot injury - with the Hawks 3-9 in that time - before suddenly returning to the US without informing the club three weeks ago.
He's odds-on to be a top three pick at the NBA Draft in June given the numbers he produced in his NBL stint, with his presence seeing a huge boost in crowd figures and online eyes for the league.
Results were less tangible for the Hawks, though they went just 2-14 over the remainder of the season without Ball.
There's no doubt an early season-ending achilles injury to NBA veteran Aaron Brooks had a major impact on how Ball was utilised, but coach Matt Flinn said it's unlikely the club would entertain a repeat of the experiment in such a key position following Friday's loss to the Kings.
"It's good question; it's a difficult one," Flinn said.
"There's no question the DNA of our team was manufactured through LaMelo and his usage rates with the basketball.
"Certainly he's a great talent and I tell ya he learned a lot from us, in particular defensive schemes and how to play at this level but I also learned a lot from him and the challenges that come with executing talent within a system.
"As a rookie coach that was quite difficult to do right at the start to get that balance. [Sunday Dech] at the start of the year wasn't getting the opportunities we all wanted to give him and it was just a real balancing act that I don't think any of us handled very well at the start.
"To answer the question, yeah we'd look at it but it'd just be on a case by case basis but certainly the point-guard position for an 18-year-old in this league, regardless of your talent, and we've all seen how super talented [Ball] is, you've still got to come in and run the show and feed the fish and execute when the lights are on.
"He did that at times but it's a big ask for an 18-year-old to do it so I think, positionally, we would look maybe towards the other end of the roster."
Flinn hinted the club's next import search would probably centre on a three-four type player after echoing recent assertions from club owner Simon Stratford that club has "broken even" for the first time in a number of years despite reports an ownership change is in the offing.
"If you take it from my appointment in the 12 months we've been here it's probably the first time in history to club's going to close to break even," Flinn said.
"For us that's huge because everyone knows our story and that was part of the objective when I first got the gig. It's not about splashing the cash to get the talent [next season], you've got to do your homework.
"You look at [Kings forward] Jae'sean Tate, I don't know his salary but he's a young kid out of college, second-year pro and he has done an amazing job with that team. He's really the back bone of that team.
"We've got to be smart with that and try and look for that prototypical NBL player which is now that four-three sort of position-less basketball that really hurts teams at times.
"Did we get that balance right... that's a learning curve for us but I'm just really happy for the club. I've grown up there, I've been there my whole life and know the struggles that we've gone through.
"I'm happy to be in a position now where we can solidify this year and really move forward and put together a balanced roster like Cairns did [this season]."