Does this trade make sense for the Atlanta Hawks?
While the Atlanta Hawks would definitely want to bring John Collins back, they may not be able to afford him if he truly does want to get a max contract. The Hawks do not appear to want to pay him $28M or more per season, especially with Trae Young being up for a big contract extension soon, which is why letting Collins go is a very likely scenario this offseason.
However, they can offer him the most money with him being a restricted free agent and in terms of getting a max contract, which is why a sign-and-trade is definitely in play for them. Getting value in return for Collins is important for the Hawks and both Rubio and Beasley present some upside for this team.
Ricky Rubio is only under contract for one more season and he can definitely provide some stability for the Hawks off-the-bench. Malik Beasley is under contract through the 2023-24 season, with the final year of his contract having a team option, but he has proven to be a reliable scorer.
He made tremendous strides as scorer this past season in Minnesota, even though he only played in 37 games, and given that Atlanta could use more dynamic scorers next to Trae Young, bringing in Malik Beasley definitely makes sense for them. The only problem with doing so is that they would be tied down to him for at least two seasons at just under $30M in total.
They could go and trade Beasley at the trade deadline or in the future, but at least they would be getting some assets of value in exchange for John Collins. Losing him would leave the Hawks with a big hole to fill at the power-forward position that they could look to address in this year’s draft.
Nonetheless, doing a sign-and-trade involving John Collins is definitely not a bad idea this offseason, especially if the Hawks are not going to pay Collins more than $100M over the next four years. This trade with the Timberwolves gives the Hawks two valuable players that can help them during the 2021-22 season, which is why this is definitely a scenario that makes sense for them.