Hawks Will Keep John Collins

As expected, the Hawks will hold on to power forward John Collins, tweets Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. The deal that sent Rajon Rondo to the Clippers for Lou Williams and two picks is the only one that Atlanta plans to make before the deadline, according to Kirschner.

Collins has been a hot name on the trade market for the past few weeks, but things seemed to change in the last 48 hours as the Hawks couldn’t find an offer to their liking. Collins told reporters on Tuesday that he was hoping to stay in Atlanta past the deadline.

The decision sets up an intriguing summer for Collins, who is on track for restricted free agency. He turned down an extension prior to the season that would have paid him roughly $90MM over four seasons, but he indicated this week that he might accept less than a max-salary offer. The Hawks have reportedly informed rival teams that they plan to match any offer he gets as a free agent.

Collins, 23, has played an important role in the Hawks’ rise to playoff contention, averaging 18.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in 44 games.

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