The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets are interested in trading for Atlanta Hawks rising star John Collins, according to Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.
The Rockets are aggressively trying to move Capela and would love to acquire Collins from the Hawks for him:
A league source mentioned both Houston and Brooklyn specifically expressing interest in acquiring John Collins in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Teams that have had discussions with the Hawks have come under the belief that Atlanta is not interested in moving Collins at this time unless it is blown away by an offer, which doesn’t seem like the case 48 hours to go until the deadline.
That same source said Houston wanted Collins to be included in a deal for Capela so it could have a logical and cheaper replacement that offers the team a lob threat it would be losing. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie was mentioned in talks, but it’s unclear how advanced those discussions were. It’s known around the league that the Hawks are still trying to figure out the best player to pair with Trae Young in the backcourt as they figure out if Kevin Huerter or Cam Reddish could grow into that role.
Collins has appeared in 25 games for the Hawks this season. He’s averaging 19.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 55.9 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free-throw line.
It’s a little strange to hear that Collins is on the trade block considering he’s part of the young core in Atlanta which is headlined by All-Star point guard Trae Young.
But then again, this is the NBA and nothing should surprise anyone at this point.