According to Adrian Wojnarowski, John Collins is unlikely to leave Atlanta via trade. The belief came from The Woj Pod with ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
The Woj Pod with ESPN's @TimBontemps on the NBA Trade Deadline and @CassidyHubbarth on the race for MVP.
Full audio: https://t.co/kwGdkmxQKj
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 18, 2021
“John Collins, I think, is unlikely to leave Atlanta,” said Adrian Wojnarowski. “I don’t think they can find value on a rookie contract for him. They’re 6-0 since Nate McMillan took over as head coach. I think they can figure out John Collins’ future… There was a limit they were willing to go in negations, around $90 million on an extension. He’ll be a restricted free agent. They can figure that out after the season.”
It isn’t a situation where there are no suitors, or the Hawks are unwilling; it’s a matter of the appropriate value being there. The primary issue here is the salary matching situation. With John Collins only under contract for $4 million this season, it makes it extremely difficult to find a team that’s able to send out that little salary. Atlanta would almost certainly have to add another player to help match salaries.
In my mind, Travis Schlenk still hasn’t seen his entire offseason haul play together ONE TIME. He likely believes in his vision from the offseason that this team can make a deep push in the playoffs once fully healthy. The Hawks are currently comfortably in the playoff picture without Kris Dunn, Cam Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter, who are all extremely valuable pieces. I’m excited to see the rest of the season now that we know Schlenk intends to let the team be as they mesh more and more every night.
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