John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
Could this finally be the offseason in which the Atlanta Hawks trade John Collins? With new management and direction in their front office, perhaps the Indiana Pacers could emerge as a team to take Collins off Atlanta’s hands.
The Pacers have been linked to Collins in the past and it would not be at all surprising if that’s a possibility that they ended up exploring again. Considering his trade value is at an all-time low, this is a move that could be viewed as a low-risk, high-reward gamble for the Pacers. Especially if the asking price is a late first-round pick and a contract. I don’t know if that’s what the Hawks would be asking for, but would anyone really be surprised if that ended up being the deal for him this summer?
Of course, the big question is whether the Pacers would be comfortable absorbing his contract, which is actually similar to Randle’s. Collins is due roughly $51 million over the next two seasons and has a player option for $26.5 million after that. If that’s a risk the Pacers are willing to take, perhaps they could be the team to revitalize and resurrect Collins’ once-promising NBA career.