NBA trade speculation involving the Phoenix Suns continues to rage and one name appears to be gaining momentum in some of the chatter.
The Atlanta Hawks forward is being linked to Phoenix as a potential trade opportunity according to multiple NBA writers.
Would Phoenix be interested in Collins? What should they give up for him?
Check out some of the NBA trades surrounding Collins and the Suns.
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Greg Swartz is asking the Suns to give up Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, Landry Shamet and a 2025 second-round pick for Collins.
He writes, “As good as the Suns are, improving Jae Crowder’s starting forward position would make him the best starting five in basketball, especially adding talent like Collins to a core Chris. Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton Collins, 24, is under contract for the next four seasons at a reasonable $25.5 million a year and can be a valuable lob option and ground spacer for this Suns team. He averaged 18.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 55.5/38.8/81.1 percent shooting distribution over the past three years at Atlanta. Although Phoenix would like to keep Johnson, he is due to sign a new contract next summer and is two years older than Collins, despite only having been in the NBA for three seasons.”
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James Piercey has Phoenix trading Landry Shamet, Dario Saric, Cam Johnson and a first-round pick in exchange for Collins.
He writes: “For the Phoenix Suns, this deal is a little simpler. In fact, it’s nothing more than a talent upgrade. Of course, the Suns are in a perfect position to make one. This team made the NBA Finals in 2020-21 They followed that up by winning the most NBA regular season games in 2021-22 but before crashing out in the semifinals of the NBA. Western Conference Their performance in Game 7 against the Dallas Mavericks may have been disappointing, but forget the Suns as contenders at your peril At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to improve the roster This deal does exactly that John Collins may not be as accurate a shooter as Johnson, but he’s a more dynamic offensive player With an elite vertical for his size, Collins can roll in or out of situations of pick and roll.
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Fanside: John Collins would be interesting with the Suns
Peter O’Keefe writes, “Collins would be an interesting piece for the Suns, especially offensively. He came from a pick-and-roll partnership with Trae Young, which means he would have entered the Phoenix system quite easily. The only concern would be whether having him and Deandre Ayton as pick-and-roll threats is actually counterproductive and would ultimately limit both players’ offensive potential. In addition to being a lob threat, Collins would also bring the same shooting threat to both Crowder and Johnson.The 24-year-old shot 36.4% from three-point range last season on 3.3 attempts per game.Another big advantage would be the rebound aspect because Collins offers a much greater presence on the boards than Crowder or Johnson.
Fanside: Trading John Collins to Suns would help Hawks bench depth
Joshua Buckhalter writes: “Atlanta sent a package of picks with forward Danilo Gallinaro to the San Antonio Spurs for Murray. A later trade sending Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings helped restore some of the lost depth as well as the draft But the Hawks’ bench is still looking to step back given all of their important contributors adapting to the new teams next season, and this deal goes a long way to rebuilding that depth and more draft capital.
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Dave King writes: “I think it’s time to go after Atlanta’s John Collins, depending on the acquisition cost of course. Now that KD is off the table, the Suns can use their draft pick for this current team, and I believe Collins can add another wrinkle to the Suns offense which is difficult to defend. He can also help with the rebound, which is essential for any Suns player who does not play center. Collins wouldn’t be a 20/10 guy for the Suns because of all the other scorers, but 16/9 could be a big help. What would it take? I’d do it if it didn’t cost only to Crowder/Shamet/choose, but I would hardly pass if they insisted on Cameron Johnson.A secondary option is to poach the Utah Jazz of Jordan Clarkson and/or Bojan Bogdanovic, but again, it depends on the cost. “
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