The Atlanta Hawks are a workforce to look at on the commerce deadline with younger star John Collins’ identify being concerned in numerous rumors.
Collins was a 2017 first-round choose and is eligible for restricted free company in the summertime. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported in December that Collins turned down an extension price “in extra of $90 million.” At any time when a participant turns down an extension like that, questions usually come up over his future with the franchise.
If a contender is seeking to make a considerable improve with a younger participant who has made a pleasant leap in his recreation the final two years, Collins is a really fascinating commerce goal.
What are the Hawks seeking to get in return for Collins? The Athletic’s Shams Charania wrote Monday that “Atlanta has to this point sought a excessive first-round, lottery-level choose whether it is to maneuver Collins, sources stated.”
One contender in want of a roster improve is the Boston Celtics, and C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge not too long ago famous his workforce wants “taking pictures with dimension.”
Collins is 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot wingspan and performs each ahead spots. He is taking pictures a career-high 41.1 p.c from 3-point vary. The 23-year-old star is also averaging 18.1 factors, 7.6 rebounds and one block per recreation this season. He could be an amazing match on the C’s roster and his wage would match contained in the commerce exception Boston created within the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets final offseason.
The issue for the Celtics is they do not have a lottery-level choose to provide the Hawks. Boston does produce other intriguing items, equivalent to their very own present and future first-round picks, in addition to a number of younger gamers who’ve been drafted in recent times.
Atlanta began out 4-1 however have gone 7-15 since beating the Brooklyn Nets on New Yr’s Day. The Hawks are nonetheless determining the best roster to place round franchise level guard Trae Younger. If Collins is not going to be a part of that, each contender — together with the Celtics — ought to not less than inquire about his availability.