John Collins would be a dream trade scenario for the Chicago Bulls
Maybe the biggest home run the Bulls could hit at the trade deadline would be somehow acquiring Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, who finally agreed to an extension last year. The Hawks inked Collins to a 5-year, $125 million contract but could already be moving on.
Rumors over the past year talked about Collins and the Hawks not coming to an agreement on a deal and the team eventually moving on or trying to trade him. Well, he’s still a Hawk, but maybe not for long.
Collins would be the perfect target for Chicago right now, but the question becomes, is he worth giving up Patrick Williams for? Or, if the Bulls keep Williams, does that now mean the former no. 4 pick goes back to the bench?
It’s a slippery slope, here. Williams is Karnisovas’ first draft pick in Chicago and keeping him is likely a priority. So, if Collins’ 5-year deal is inherited by the Bulls, where does he fit? Where does Williams fit?
That’s for Donovan to figure out, but the point is, Collins’ impact would be felt immediately. He’d jump right into the starting power forward spot and gives the Bulls both offense and rebounding, This season, Collins is averaging 17.0 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting over 39 percent from three.