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The Kings are reportedly interested in John Collins

With the trade deadline just days away, we've got a fresh batch of rumors.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, March 25th. With that deadline rapidly approaching, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor has a new column with a smorgasbord of rumors to satiate our appetites. The headline rumor, at least for Sacramento Kings fans, is that the Kings may be interested in Atlanta Hawk big man John Collins.

From KOC:

League sources say Atlanta is receiving significant trade interest for John Collins from the Celtics, Kings, Mavericks, Pistons, and Timberwolves. The Hawks want one young player and a first-round draft pick to make a deal, or a package of similar value such as multiple first-round picks.

Aside from the mention that Sacramento might be interested, there's not much else on the Kings front. We don't know what players the Hawks would be asking for, or which players the Kings would be willing to part with, although the accepted belief of that anyone other than Fox and Haliburton are available for the right price.

From the Kings perspective, it's not surprising that the Kings would kick the tires on a talented 23-year-old. Collins would fit the timeline of building around Fox and Haliburton. The concern with trading for Collins is just that he'll be a restricted free agent this summer and is trying to get a max deal. He reportedly turned down a $90 million extension with the Hawks.

It's hard to imagine the Kings giving up the package the Hawks are reportedly asking for, but it's unclear if any team will meet Atlanta's asking price. Will Atlanta budge on their return, or would they risk a matching decision on a large RFA offer sheet?

Speaking RFA offer sheets, KOC's article also mentions the Hawks could be looking to trade Bogdan Bogdanovic. Kings GM Monte McNair declined to match Atlanta's offer sheet this summer. It's not going to look good if, even after Bogi missed significant time with an injury, the Hawks were still able to flip Bogi for assets after a few short months.

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Kingsguru21
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March 21, 2021 3:52 pm

It’s not going to look good if, even after Bogi missed significant time with an injury, the Hawks were still able to flip Bogi for assets after a few short months.

Who gives up positive assets for Bogi at this point? It’s not like he was lighting the league on fire before he went down. I think we should wait until this happens to actually slam the Kings FO (McNair) on it.

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March 21, 2021 3:57 pm
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Bogi is a solid role player, sixth man type.
If the Hawks trade him I don’t think they’ll get a ton in return.

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March 21, 2021 3:59 pm
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Yeah. Which isn’t worth retaining him either IMO.

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March 21, 2021 10:44 pm
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Agreed. Bogi is a very easy player to like and to root for, but at the end of the day he is still limited defensively and just an average three point shooter.

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March 22, 2021 8:58 am
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Even for all of that money, he seems to be more of an eighth man-type at best.

And what chance of re-signing Holmes do you have with the $72 million dollar gimp on your cap sheet?

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