According to Sam Amick of the Athletic, John Collins and Atlanta may finally be heading for a divorce that has been discussed for years:
The Hawks’ asking price for John Collins is known to have decreased significantly from recent years, @sam_amick writes.
There is a focus on landing a quality player, or players, in return but no mandate for a first-round pick.
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Here’s what Amick had to say:
Young isn’t going anywhere. The same goes for Murray. Collins is the most likely one on the way out, of course, and it’s worth repeating that the asking price is known to have decreased significantly from recent years (per league sources, there is a focus on landing a quality player, or players, in return but no mandate for a first-round pick). That development is clearly a reflection of the focus on salvaging this season, as opposed to recouping the vast assets lost in the Murray trade with San Antonio in the summer. As we’ve reported recently, the Jazz and Rockets are known to be among the teams in pursuit.
The Jazz sort of make sense, and the Rockets do if the Hawks are looking for young players. Malik Beasley, Ochai Agbaji, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Johnny Juzang, and Jarred Vanderbilt are guys I could see being potential pieces from the Jazz. Tari Eason, Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba, Kenyon Martin Jr., and some of Houston’s other young players could potentially fit. However, if the asking price really has decreased “significantly”, I’m not going to hold my breath for any game-changing type of players in a deal.
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