Report: Hawks increasingly likely to trade John Collins
John Collins might be the odd big out with the Hawks.
Atlanta traded for center Clint Capela at last year’s deadline. The Hawks took center-power forward Onyeka Okongwu with the No. 6 pick in last year’s draft. They signed Danilo Gallinari, who should primarily play power forward, to a big contract last offseason. De’Andre Hunter, who can play both forward spots, is one of the NBA’s most improved players.
The Hawks (19-20) have won five straight to climb to eighth in the Eastern Conference. They badly want to make the playoffs this year.
But Amick accounted for Atlanta’s surge. The takeaway is still that a Collins trade seems more likely.
Collins is a talented, athletic, productive young player. Teams should want him.
There are catches, though. He has defensive limitations. There’s an abundance of solid bigs league-wide. Collins is due for a massive raise this summer.
Those factors will depress the offers Atlanta receives. So will prioritizing players who’d help the Hawks this year (rather than being open to a return based on draft picks).
So, it’s still very possible Atlanta doesn’t receive a satisfactory offer. But if they know they’re unwilling to match the lucrative offer sheets Collins is expected to draw this summer, the Hawks should – at the very least – strongly explore the trade market now.