Power forward John Collins has spent each of his first four NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, but the versatile big man is set to hit restricted free agency this summer. The 23-year-old has proven he is worth taking a chance on as he is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he averaged 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
A number of NBA teams should be looking to scoop up what remains one of the most underrated players in the league right now. With that being said, here are three of the most likely free agent destinations for Collins.
John Collins Free Agent Destinations
3. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs had a somewhat underwhelming 2020-21 season, but showed some flashes of potential. However, one position on the roster they need to address is at power forward and they will have money to spend in the offseason. Signing Collins to take over veteran Rudy Gay's spot on the team would be a great fit. The young playmaker has three years of starting experience under his belt and has shot 40% from beyond the arc over the last two seasons. Plus, head coach Gregg Popovich loves players that can finish at the rim and Collins fits that mold to a tee.
2. Dallas Mavericks
If this NBA season showed the Dallas Mavericks' front office anything, it should be that superstar guard Luka Doncic needs some help around him. Collins is a stretch four that can rebound and shoot at an efficient mark. That should be the type of player the Mavericks are targeting in free agency. He would be the perfect pick and roll option in this offense and also shot 83.3% from the free throw line this season. Collins already turned down a $90 million extension from the Hawks before last season started, which means Dallas would have to pay up to sign the fifth-year pro. It could be worth a shot, though.
1. Atlanta Hawks
It wouldn't be a surprise to see Collins re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks on some kind of long-term deal here, especially with Atlanta's right to match any offer Collins agrees to with another team. The skillful forward has come into his own in this city and is loved by the fans as well. Head coach Nate McMillan would benefit from keeping a player around that can grab offensive boards and play reliable defense on the other end. Atlanta's cap space situation is not the best, but their young core seems capable of making another postseason run in the future. Collins might like the idea of staying in Atlanta, but it's clear he doesn't like the idea of doing it for below market value.
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