John Collins will be eligible for a rookie extension this offseason and his future with the Atlanta Hawks remains uncertain.
“When we’re talking max numbers and money, I feel like I definitely (am in) the conversation to have earned that money with the Hawks specifically, but obviously I know there’s business and we don’t always get exactly what we want,” Collins said. “But I want to be a Hawk, I want to stay with the Hawks."
Collins will be a restricted free agent in 2021 if he doesn't sign an extension.
“I feel like we’ve both invested ourselves in each other… I feel like we both want to see our investments in each other pay off. In that sense, I just want to know where I am. I want to know I’m locked in as soon as I can rather than having to wait, which I know happens, but when you do wait, a lot of other stuff mentally creeps in during the season while I’m tired, while I’m playing, ups and downs, injuries, but that’s also a part of just being a pro athlete.”
As a team, the Hawks struggled during the 19-20 season, but Collins believes they're close to breaking through.
“I want them to know we’re not as far away as you think,” Collins said.