John Collins ‘Unlikely’ To Be Traded By Deadline

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John Collins has been the subject of trade rumors as he’s a few months away from becoming a restricted free agent, but a deal would be difficult for the Atlanta Hawks to consummate as they push for a return to the playoffs. Collins also makes just $4.14 million this season, which makes matching salary difficult for the Hawks in getting a return that can contribute to them immediately.

“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.”

Collins is averaging 18.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 30.6 minutes this season.