After the Hawks swung a trade for Delon Wright yesterday, it appears that Travis Schlenk is not done improving the squad. He’s still hard at work, and it looks like there may be an agreement in place with John Collins to keep him in Atlanta for at least four years. Via Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:
“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”
Obviously, I hope this deal is for five years, which would spread out that reported $120 million to something closer to $24 million per season. That’s likely just not the case, and Collins will probably get the four-year, $120 million deal that he was looking for this past offseason. The Hawks previously offered Collins a four-year, $90 million contract — to which he declined. He bet on himself, and his performance during the regular season and Atlanta’s playoff success helped him cash in on this deal. Collins averaged 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game shooting over 55% from the floor and almost 40% from three.
The Hawks clearly believe they have built the foundation to win a championship, and keeping Collins is a big part of that.