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John Collins speaks out on signing possible rookie-scale extension with Hawks this offseason

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Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins is eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension with the team this offseason and the high-flyer is hoping a deal gets done.

Collins, one of the best young players in the NBA, says he wants to finish his career with the Hawks.

“I would love it. I would love to say in Atlanta, I would love to be here, so I feel great about it,” John Collins told Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

“We’re in good hopes and good spirits with everything right now. Nothing’s really come up as of yet. Everything is still in the talks, but like I said, I’m definitely still in great spirits, and everything is going well. I’m all in. I’m true to Atlanta. There’s nothing else I’ve got to say. I’m ready to extend.”

Collins only appeared in 41 games for the Hawks in 2019-20 due to a PED suspension and the COVID-19 hiatus. The 22-year-old averaged 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 58.3 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Hawks finished the 2019-20 season with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference standings. The front office in Atlanta must surround Trae Young and John Collins with more talent moving forward if the team wants to play in the postseason.

Since getting drafted by the Hawks in 2017 out of Wake Forest, Collins is putting up 16.2 points, 8.8 boards and 1.6 assists in 176 games.