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John Collins is not likely to be moved by the Atlanta Hawks as we’re approaching the 25 March trade deadline, per ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

The high-flying forward will be a restricted free agent after this season as the Hawks are hoping to return to the playoffs this year.

“Collins is drawing heavy interest ahead of the deadline, league sources said. Trading Collins is complicated for Atlanta, even as he heads toward restricted free agency. They are under pressure to make the playoffs,” Lowe wrote.

Collins is one of their best players – insurance for any Capela injury. He’s earning “only” $4.1 million, so trading him for an impact player would require adding other Hawks to the deal.”

Several reports suggest that Collins is drawing heavy interest from many NBA teams either as a trade target or as a potential signing in the next free agency.

According to reports, the Celtics, the Timberwolves, and the Mavericks could be in the mix in a potential scenario, in which Collins is leaving Atlanta.