While Collins and the Hawks are coming off a run to the Eastern Conference finals, there’s a feeling around the league Atlanta does not want to pay Collins a maximum contract, and therefore may not match a large offer. Collins will be an restricted free agent.
Along with the Mavericks and Heat, Charania listed the Spurs and Timberwolves with those interested in Collins, “believing he could be attainable as a restricted free agent.”
Hawks owner Tony Ressler recently admitted that changes could be on the way.
“It’s complicated, of course, because what we’re trying to convince people is we’re building something, but let’s not kid ourselves, our job is to run a good business,” Ressler said. “What we are trying to achieve is literally keeping our best players, as you could imagine, trying to make clear that we’re going to have to spend a lot more than we have this season. We fully expect that.
“I’m not sure we’re going to be able to keep every single player that we want to keep. Pretty good bet, pretty good assumption we will not. But I do think we have several years that we should be able to build some real stability.”
Collins, 23, is 6-foot-9 and averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in 63 regular-season games.