The Atlanta Hawks and forward John Collins will not have a contract extension agreement, according to Shams Charania.
Collins, 23, will become a coveted restricted free agent in 2021.
The Hawks felt like they made a competitive offer to Collins and the franchise will still be interested in keeping him, notes Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Collins has previously stated that he feels like he should be a candidate for a max contract, but the Hawks’ front office wasn’t ready to commit to that yet.
“I definitely would be a little disappointed, but business is business, sometimes you don’t get exactly what you want, or things don’t happen the way you planned,” Collins said on Dec. 21 about the possibility of not reaching an extension agreement. “But I was planning on playing all of these games, these 72 games, that are coming up this year anyway, so that’s just going to be the plan is to just lock in on those and make sure as the season’s over, I have the best ability to do whatever, in that case.”
Last season, he averaged 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in 41 games and emerged as another rising star along with teammate Trae Young.