Nets Express Interest in Hawks’ John Collins

Hawks power forward John Collins is believed to be available, and per Ian Begley of, the Nets have “touched base” on a potential trade.John Collins

Collins has also been linked to the Jazz, as well as several others. Sources told Hoops Wire that the Clippers also have an interest.

Collins suffered an ankle injury on a dunk in a win over the Magic and was forced to exit the game. The severity of the injury has not been determined, though it’s not believed to be serious.

Brooklyn (12-11) has won three straight and is actually battling the Hawks for playoff positioning at the quarter point — something that is expected to last all season. So it stands to reason that the Hawks (12-10) would be hesitant to deal Collins to one of their top competitors.

Collins, 25, is 6-foot-9 and averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, shooting a career-worst 22 percent on 3-pointers. He is in the second season of a five-year, $125 million contract — identified as a potential issue in a trade.

It is believed that everyone on the Nets outside of star forward Kevin Durant could be available in a trade, for the right price, of course.

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