John Collins is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks, being willing to discuss an extension with the high-flying forward.
On the latest episode of the HoopsHype podcast, Michael Scotto discussed the situation around Collins with Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.
“The question I think a lot of people are monitoring around the league is where are those extension talks with John Collins and the Hawks? John is a guy that I know other teams around the league have monitored closely because they are enamored with his talent. If a guy like that became available, he would command a lot in trade talks”
Collins has publicly stated he would like to sign a max deal with Atlanta. The Hawks used a good amount of their cap flexibility this offseason signing Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
But, even if the Atlanta Hawks evaluate Collins as a max player, they wouldn’t want to expend the remainder of their financial flexibility on a max deal this season.
The forward out of Wake Forest had an impressive 2019/2020 campaign, despite missing time due to suspension in the start of the previous season.
Collins averaged 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 41 games with the Hawks during the shortened 2019/20 regular season being Trae Young’s partner in crime.
He had also improved his shooting dramatically making 40.1% of his three-point attempts. He also shot 58.3% from the field.