NBA Rumors: Celtics Could Acquire John Collins For Package Centered On Marcus Smart In Proposed Blockbuster

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Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins is one of the young players who are frequently mentioned in trade speculations. While the Hawks haven't shown a strong indication that they are planning to move him before the 2021 trade deadline, if they are having second thoughts about giving him a massive contract extension in the upcoming offseason, most believe that they should consider trading him now rather than lose him as a free agent without getting anything valuable in return.

John Collins To Beantown

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Once he becomes officially available on the trade market, several teams that are in dire need of a frontcourt boost and additional star power on their roster are expected to express a strong interest in acquiring Collins from the Hawks. According to Nicole Ganglani of ClutchPoints, one of the potential suitors of Collins before the 2021 trade deadline is the Boston Celtics.

In the past months, rumors are circulating that the Celtics are looking to fill the Al Horford-sized hole in their frontcourt. Collins may not be as experienced as Horford, but he offers a similar skill set as the veteran big man.

Potential Trade Package For John Collins

In her article, Ganglani came up with a hypothetical trade idea that would enable the Celtics to acquire Collins from the Hawks before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed trade scenario, the Celtics would be sending a package that includes Marcus Smart, Romeo Langford, Payton Pritchard, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2023 first-round pick to the Hawks in exchange for Collins and Tony Snell.

If the trade becomes a reality, Ganglani believes that it would be beneficial for the Celtics and the Hawks.

Why The Hawks Would Make The Trade

The proposed trade deal would be worth exploring for the Hawks, especially if they really don't have any intention of breaking the bank for Collins. By sending him to Boston, they wouldn't only receive two future first-round selections, but they would also be acquiring players that could help them compete this season.

"As for the Hawks, they can add more backcourt depth with the addition of Smart and rookie Payton Pritchard," Ganglani wrote. "The team clearly wants to make a playoff push this season and the additional firepower of these two players could help do that. Imagine a backcourt with Trae Young and Smart paired with a reliable big man like Clint Capela—the Hawks can really boost their roster with this."

John Collins Would Be Worthy Acquisition For Celtics

The Celtics would definitely think twice before giving up all those assets to the Hawks, but Collins would undeniably be an intriguing addition to their roster. His arrival in Boston could bring a significant improvement in their performances on both ends of the floor, giving them a dominant force under the basket. This season, the 23-year-old power forward is averaging 18.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

If Collins, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown grow together and build good chemistry, the Celtics could form one of the promising trios in the league.