With a really nice blend of experienced, veteran talent and young, emerging talent, the Atlanta Hawks have been a really solid team all season long and currently find themselves in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Led by Trae Young, the Hawks are one of the better offensive teams in the NBA and have been great ever since Nate McMillan took over the coaching duties from Lloyd Pierce.
While Trae Young receives all of the credit and hype surrounding this Hawks team, John Collins is just as important to their success and is a young forward with a ton of potential moving forward. Not only is he their second best scoring option, but he has been improving as an all-around talent this year and is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
After failing to work out a contract-extension ahead of the start of this season, there was a lot of speculation that the Hawks could look to trade Collins at the NBA trade deadline this year, but they ultimately shot down all of these NBA rumors and kept the young, emerging frontcourt player.
Now, all the attention turns to what Atlanta will do in the offseason and whether or not they are willing to pay Collins $18M+ a season, which is what he is looking for long-term.
If the Hawks are unwilling to increase their value on their young star though, then he may be more than willing to go elsewhere, which is why there are plenty of teams who could look to sign John Collins in free agency.
If the Hawks and Collins are once again unable to work out an agreement on a long-term contract, then here are three teams who should go “all-out” and open up their checkbooks for John Collins in free agency.