The restricted free agency of John Collins will be one of the most interesting aspects of the 2021 offseason after the Atlanta Hawks went on a run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Collins and the Hawks were unable to agree upon an extension before the start of the 20-21 season, which led to trade rumors involving multiple teams.
Travis Schlenk indicated the Hawks will try to keep Collins this offseason.
"I told John yesterday that I was extremely proud of the way he played this year," said Schlenk. "He made a decision to go to restricted free agency last fall. A lot of times, that can impact a player. I think what you saw from John, he wasn't playing for his numbers. He was out there playing for the team to win. A lot of cases when guys are going into free agency, you can see the opposite. We didn't that all in John this year. I think that speaks very highly of his character and what he's about. He's about being on a winning basketball team. I don't have anything negative to say about John Collins."