Atlanta’s asking price may be part of the issue, as may be Collins’ large contract, Bulpett wrote.
“The thing about John Collins is that they’d have to replace him,” a league source told Bulpett. “He’s a pretty good player. They might not want to pay him, but he’s a pretty good player. You’d better get something good back for him if you’re trading him. He’s a starting player averaging 13 and 8. You know, he’s not a slouch.”
While the Wizards are seemingly telling teams they intend to keep forward Kyle Kuzma, his looming free agency could make things a little less certain.
“I’m told he’s talked with them about a trade if they don’t think things are going to work out there,” a league executive told Bulpett. “Guys there have told me he wants to be the main guy. Nobody has a problem with the kid’s work ethic. He works his ass off and he’s improved, but he thinks he’s the guy. So you could see something happen there.”
- The Pacers are overall pleased with their young roster and how’s it developing, but are open to moving shooting guard Buddy Hield or guard Chris Duarte, sources told Hoops Wire.
- When it comes to Hield, it appears the Pacers would want a first-round pick as part of a return, sources said.
- Meanwhile, opposing teams don’t expect the Pacers to try to move center Myles Turner before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. “That may be a first since he’s been there,” one rival GM half-jokingly told Hoops Wire.