Rumor: Hawks’ 2 biggest threats to steal John Collins, revealed
The Atlanta Hawks surprised everyone else as they reached the Eastern Conference Finals in last season’s playoffs before getting eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.
They enter the offseason to try and improve the young team that had a solid run in the postseason. One priority is to resign their own restricted free-agent in John Collins.
This won’t be as easy as the Hawks imagined since it was reported that the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs are also interested in the power forward’s signature, per Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer:
The Mavericks, along with the San Antonio Spurs, are known to have registered interest in John Collins, but it appears the Atlanta forward will likely re-sign with the Hawks following their sprint to the Eastern Conference Finals on a deal that could surpass $120 million in total value, sources said.
John Collins is a crucial piece for the Hawks as he helped them clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference by averaging 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists while shooting 55.6% on the field and 39.9% on 3-pointers. During his first playoff run, the athletic forward averaged 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds.
It is not surprising that teams are interested in the Hawks’ John Collins as he is the definition of a modern-day NBA big man. The Hawks’ forward is versatile as he can also play the center position. Collins is a big that can stretch the floor as he has made 38% of his 3-point attempts in his career.