the falcons they hope to have an agreement in place involving john collins before the draft begins Thursday night, sources tell Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer (twitter link).
Trade rumors have been surrounding Collins ever since Atlanta was pushed out of the playoffs, given the 24-year-old power forward’s strong contract and the team’s desire to revise the roster this summer. Collins has been considered one of the most likely players to be traded this offseason, with the Kings being mentioned prominently as a possible destination.
Collins was one of the hottest names on the free-agent market last year after failing to come to terms with the Hawks on a rookie-scale extension. He ended up re-signing with Atlanta for $125 million over five years, and the team has been looking for someone willing to take that contract.
Collins played a big role for the Hawks as they reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2021, but his production slowed this season as he was limited to 54 games due to injuries. He averaged 16.2 points per game, the lowest scoring mark since his rookie year, while shooting 52.6% from the field and 36.4% from three-point range, both below the season. pass.