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NBA free company: Mavericks, Warmth, Spurs to point out curiosity in Hawks huge man John Collins this summer time, per report

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The Atlanta Hawks made a shocking run to the Jap Convention finals this yr on the power of Trae Younger’s phenomenal playoff debut, in addition to the depth of Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams, Clint Capela and John Collins. Whereas the Hawks could not overcome the Bucks, partly resulting from an damage to Younger, it confirmed a glimpse of what this crew can develop into within the very close to future, nevertheless it additionally piqued the curiosity of different groups across the league in a few of Atlanta’s gamers. 

Collins, who is ready to develop into a restricted free agent this summer time, is anticipated to obtain curiosity from a number of groups together with the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Warmth, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reviews. Collins’ efficiency within the postseason — 14 factors, 8.7 rebounds and 35.7 capturing p.c from deep per recreation — boosted his worth and is prone to web him a max-contract, Charania reviews. It is the result Collins hoped for when he declined a reported $90 million from the Hawks earlier than this season to wager on himself and safe extra money. 

That does not imply he and the Hawks cannot come to an settlement on a brand new deal this summer time, as crew proprietor Tony Ressler stated on the crew’s end-of-season press convention that he hopes Collins returns subsequent season.

“Our job is to come back to a good settlement with John. That is our goal. There must be no query,” Ressler stated. “He is a extremely good participant and perhaps extra importantly, a extremely good particular person. So the concept of getting each is essential to this franchise. That is my view. The thought of being sensible for each of us, to come back to an affordable place, that is the target, and there must be no confusion. I feel as Travis stated, which I feel is superb, loads of gamers that do not conform to a contract going into this season, play in a sure manner. John performed as an incredible teammate making an attempt to win video games and doing no matter he might do to win video games. John’s a extremely good man and a extremely good teammate. I hope he’s an Atlanta Hawk.”

However Ressler additionally stated it was a “fairly good wager” that Atlanta will not be capable to return all of the gamers it needs to for subsequent season. Whether or not that features Collins as a result of the value received too excessive, or different gamers who might be free brokers, the Hawks try to handle expectations for followers who need the group to run it again. 

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