Southeast Notes: Collins, Magic, Wizards, Riley

After becoming a reliable three-point shooter during the 2019/20 season, stat-stuffing Hawks power forward John Collins is now focused on developing his play-making abilities during the extended 2020 offseason, according to Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.

“The next level is to start getting others involved and create more shots for myself or have the ability to do different things,” Collins reflected. “I’m working on guard stuff instead of the normal traditional big-man stuff.”

There’s more out of the Southeast Division:

  • In a new mailbag, Josh Robbins of The Athletic examines the Magic‘s 2020 offseason, including the fate of Wesley Iwundu and which position 2019 first-rounder Chuma Okeke could slot into given the current roster.
  • Adding a rim protector and wing defender – perhaps through a trade or a free agency acquisition – are the top offseason priorities for the Wizards, as well as re-signing forward Davis Bertans, Fred Katz of The Athletic contends.
  • Heat team president Pat Riley will hold his first 2020 media presser this Friday afternoon, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (Twitter link).
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8 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Collins, Magic, Wizards, Riley

  1. hiflew

    I wonder if Washington would want to acquire Gorgui Dieng from Memphis for their 2nd round pick. They would have the cap room to absorb his deal just by renouncing Ian Mahinmi. Sure he is overpaid, but that’s true of about 75% of the NBA. Plus, his deal is only 1 year, so if he doesn’t work out he could be a deadline piece for them to get a similar pick back. If he does work for them, he could be the rim protector they want.

  2. JamesT

    Is referring to Collins “stat-stuffing” code for not conducive to contribute toward winning basketball? I think it’s more fair to attribute that to Trae right now. But ultimately, I agree.

    • Karson Brown

      At 23, he’d be worth every penny. Gotten better each season, and we’d have him through his peak years as he continues progressing.

  3. El Don

    JC is a beast right now, but if he can really become a better passer, sky’s the limit for him!

  4. Karson Brown

    A Max or near max deal is right up his alley for what he’s earned and deserves. Save the super max for Trae

    Hawks need to pay him. His asking price will only go up after another season.

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