Kings-Hawks commerce talks over Harrison Barnes, John Collins

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Kings-Hawks commerce talks over Harrison Barnes, John Collins
Kings-Hawks commerce talks over Harrison Barnes, John Collins


Sacramento Kings ahead Harrison Barnes (40) defends towards Atlanta Hawks ahead John Collins (20) throughout the first half of an NBA basketball sport in Sacramento, California, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (AP Photograph/Hector Amezcua)


Kings had been on the heart of a number of commerce rumors on the eve of the NBA draft Thursday on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York.

A lot hypothesis has centered on what Sacramento will do with the quantity 4 choose within the draft with a number of groups attempting to switch Purdue guard Jaden Ivey, however the Kings are concerned in different discussions as nicely.

Earlier this week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Kings basic supervisor Monty McNair has engaged the Atlanta Hawks in talks about John Collins. Sacramento reportedly didn’t embody the No. 4 choose in these discussions, however there’s a risk of a deal involving Kings striker Harrison Barnes.

Veteran NBA reporter Mark Stein added gas to the fireplace on Wednesday, stating that Sacramento might be one among Atlanta’s “key options” in Collins’ commerce talks.

Stein reported that “The Hawks are weighing a variety of scenarios as they pursue a John Collins trade in connection with Thursday’s draft, with a Collins-themed deal and Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes among the major Atlanta options.”

The Hawks are reportedly discussing different offers as nicely. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fisher experiences that Hawks additionally mentioned a deal that may ship Collins to the San Antonio Spurs in alternate for Dejounte Murray. Athletic’s Chris Kirchner confirmed the groups had spoken, however tweeted: “I’ve been told it’s not close to happening yet.”

Collins, 24, is a 6-foot-9, 226-pound striker who knocked out Wake Forest with the No. 19 choose within the 2017 draft. He was a choose for the NBA All-Rookie Second Staff in 2018. Over 5 NBA seasons, Collins averaged a mean 16.5 factors, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 blocks whereas capturing 55.9% from the sector and 37.6% from 3 level vary. He had his finest season in 2019-20, averaging 21.6 factors, 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks whereas capturing 40.1% from exterior the arc.

Collins is coming into the second 12 months of a five-year, $125 million contract with a participant choice within the ultimate season. His 3-point shot will assist the Kings unfold the ground of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. He is a succesful defender who communicates nicely and supplies ample rim safety, one thing Sacramento desperately wants. Collins additionally matches into the Kings’ schedule with 24-year-old goalkeeper DeAaron Fox and 26-year-old quarterback Domantas Sabonis.

The Kings may construct a bundle that features Barnes, who owes $18.4 million within the ultimate 12 months of a four-year contract value $85 million. Barnes, 30, averaged 16.4 factors, 5.6 rebounds and a couple of.4 assists whereas capturing 39.4% of his 3-point vary final season. He’ll assist the Hawks household fill the void left by Collins whereas providing practically $84 million in wage reduction over the following 4 years.

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Jason Anderson is an award-winning sports activities author for The Sacramento Bee. He started his journalism profession at The Bee over 20 years in the past and returned to cowl the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.

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