Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins has been speculated as a potential trade target for a while, and the latest Hawks rumors suggest he’s on the block despite the complications associated with moving him.
Collins is averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds this season, but he’ll be a restricted free agent this offseason and could flee Atlanta for no compensation if he’s not traded before then.
Sam Amick of The Athletic reported the Hawks aren’t shutting the door on offers that are flooding in for Collins’ services — despite how instrumental the 23-year-old has been to the squad’s success:
Even if there was a quality deal to be had that added future assets, his production in the present is so crucial that it appears unlikely that he’ll be on the move. Nonetheless, sources say the Hawks have shown a willingness to listen to offers.
The Hawks have failed to reach 30 wins in each of the past three seasons and are finally on the cusp of building a more sustainable core, so shipping someone like Collins away would have to net them a serious haul.
It’s not as if Atlanta has a ton of players to pay on the roster, other than Collins’ frontcourt mate Clint Capela, who’s formed one of the best duos up front in the NBA alongside Collins.
Between rejecting a contract extension prior to the 2020-21 campaign and a reported spat with star point guard Trae Young, though, there’s reason to believe Collins may want a change of scenery and that the Hawks wouldn’t exactly be reticent to provide it.