Trade Number 1: The Chicago Bulls swap Patrick Williams for Collins
No matter what type of deal the Bulls would opt for, they would need to send at least one core player back to the Hawks in exchange for Collins. In addition, a first-round pick would have to be included as well.
In this deal, the Bulls would start out by sending Patrick Williams to the Hawks. In Williams, the Hawks are essentially getting Collins’ replacement at a much cheaper cost.
Williams has been out for most of the season with a wrist injury, but should be back soon. As last year’s no. 4 overall pick, Williams would offer Atlanta a well-rounded forward who is capable of getting better in every facet of the game.
Williams is a somewhat similar player to Collins who can defend multiple positions, but Collins’ game is more polished at this point. Swapping the two would be strictly based off the Bulls building a championship team immediately.
In addition to Williams, the Hawks would get the Bulls’ lottery-protected first rounder by way of Portland — which is also protected for a few years yet. Therefore, the Blazers’ impending tear down likely wouldn’t prohibit that pick being exchanged down the road.
Last, the Hawks would get backup center Tony Bradley and wing Derrick Jones Jr. This would be mostly to get the salaries to matchup, as both guys are on just 1-year contracts (Bradley has an option next season). This trade is completely centered around Williams and a first-round pick.