Stop the season or not, every year it’s the same in Atlanta: in May we are on vacation and potentially, we negotiate. This season more than ever. With the drastic reduction in the salary cap announced, the cards have been redistributed. But for some, we don’t really care. This is the case with friend John Collins.
The Hawks’ winger doesn’t question himself and gets straight to the point. It’s the max or nothing. Author of a very good season alongside Trae Young, the aviator was not the most anticipated player of the 2017 Draft. Selected in twentieth position by the pioupious, the former resident of Wake Forrest was able to make his hole in a not simple environment. During the 2019-20 season, and despite a 25-game suspension for growth hormone positive control, John Collins had his best NBA season. Ice Trae henchman, little John took care of cleaning the circle and being indecent in attack: 21.6 points and 10 rebounds each evening with 80% success on throws, and 40% at three points . These are good dirty stats, right? It deserves a nice extension, right? In a franchise that begins to regain hope with his youth, GM of the Hawks, Travis Schlenk, had planned to spin a golden bridge to a big fish this summer. Before the COVID-19 earthquake on the economy, there was even talk of a $ 50 million cap space to revive the Falcons. So inevitably when these kind of figures turn, we want to make sure the maximum of wheat, as John Collins tells Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“When we are talking of big numbers and money, ie think that I’m in conversation and that I deserved this money with the Hawks in particular. Obviously I know it’s business and than we don’t always get exactly what we want. But I want to be a Hawk, I want to stay with the Hawks. We both [Atlanta et Collins] invested … and I feel like we both want to see the fruits of our investments. “
Atlanta number 20 wants to stay true to their franchise, with the money that goes with it. If Collins clearly states his intention, not sure that the Hawks respond favorably to his max request. For purely economic reasons already, there is talk of a 25% drop in wages for NBA players to be expected. Hard hit in the franchise cash drawer. Then, fourteenth of the Eastern Conference with 47 defeats in 67 games, we go straight to a big pick at ATL. But this year, Travis Schlenk managed to snatch Clint Capela, completing an arrival that was as hyped for the fans as it was threatening for John Collins. We no longer present the Swiss: excellent pick-n-roll pivot, bouncer of rebounds, ideal partner for alley-oop, big physique, short of beefy. With Capela and Collins, aren’t the two interiors going to tread on their feet? John thinks not, but behind the scenes we are seriously asking the question, especially with a possible extension. And then, what will GM Falcons do with his pick? Trying yet another bet on a rookie or smelling a trade and bringing big stuff to Georgia?
In Atlanta, like many franchises, it is urgent to wait. The salary cap will not be as high as expected and choices will have to be made. Max extension for John Collins? It doesn’t smell very good anyway.
Text source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution