Should the Celtics Pursue a Trade with the Hawks for John Collins?

As it stands right now, the Boston Celtics are 13-13 and in the 5 seed for the Eastern Conference. This is certainly not the spot that the Celtics wanted to be in at this point. But…could they make a move that’ll bolster their chances to compete in the Eastern Conference? There’s one name out there that could be intriguing to the Celtics and that’s John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks.

Now before we go on, I want to issue out a warning. I do NOT think the Celtics are going to get John Collins when it is all said and done. But…it is appealing to take a look as to why Collins could be a great trade partner for the Celtics.

Atlanta’s Ask

Like the tweet says above, the Hawks are looking for a high first-round, lottery-level pick. The Celtics have a TON of those young guys in their locker room. One name that could surface is Romeo Langford. Langford is a former first round pick from Indiana who is athletic and can play tremendous defense. He just needs to get healthy. Another name you could throw out is either Williams, Grant and Robert. Grant is a smart player who has gotten better defensively and shot the ball better from deep. Robert is a defensive specialist with great shot blocking and rebound ability and has improved in finishing round the rim offensively. Combine Romeo and one of the Williams and it’ll be hard for Atlanta to say no.

The Celtics Need a Good Power Forward

John Collins averaged a double-double in 2020. The 6’9 power forward is averaging 18 and 8 this season. We know the Celtics need a power forward. Plus, Collins has another year on his contract before he becomes a restricted free agent. Yes, I know Collins has a qualifying offer option after this year. But if the Celtics can be any good over the next half of the season, maybe Collins stays in the fold for the long-term.

In Conclusion

The Celtics need to make a move. You have the trade exception from the Gordon Hayward situation. USE IT! John Collins would be a great fit for the future. JT, JB, Collins, Kemba, Smart, Pritchard and the bench? I like the sound of that.

Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)

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