After the dust settled on the 2021 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Duke’s Jalen Johnson with the 20th pick and selected Auburn point guard (and McEachern alum) Sharife Cooper in the second round. They also secured Delon Wright via trade; and the Hawks have deepened their talent pool. As free agent contracts could be agreed upon beginning this past Sunday, word began to leak regarding general manager Travis Schlenk being prepared to make an offer to forward John Collins.

Eventually, agents Sean Kennedy and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Basketball confirmed that Collins, the 19th pick in the 2017 draft, indeed signed a five year deal worth $125 million Wednesday. The Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs were interested in Collins’s services.

Collins averaged 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game shooting over 55% from the floor and almost 40% from three this season.
The Hawks have lost Onyeka Okongwu for up to six months after he had surgery on his shoulder to repair his torn labrum. Coupled with drafting Jalen Johnson, undoubtedly each of those actions had an effect on John Collins’s value, as he became a restricted free agent.

Monday morning, the Hawks inked Trae Young to a five year contract extension that is potentially worth up to $207 million. According to sources, Young will need to make All-NBA this upcoming season to convert his extension to the $207 million super max. If he does not make All-NBA this season, the deal will pay him $172.5 million over the same 5 year period. The contract will be effective in the 2022-2023 season. This year, Young will play out final year of his rookie contract, which pays $8.3 million.

Currently, the Hawks’ core consists of a 23-year-old John Collins, a 23-year-old De’Andre Hunter, a 22-year-old Trae Young who is the face of the franchise, 22-year-old Kevin Huerter, and 21-year-old Cam Reddish.

FILE – Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) dunks next to Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, in this Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, file photo. Power forward John Collins, a key player in Atlanta's unexpected run to the Eastern Conference finals, has agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract to remain with the Hawks, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

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