John Collins has grown increasingly frustrated over his role with the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. Collins has seen his usage rate decrease in each of the past three seasons. Collins has also challenged the Atlanta locker room to play team basketball and commit to each other this season.
Collins signed a five-year, $125 million deal in restricted free agency and will become eligible for a trade on January 15th.
The Hawks have emerged as a potential trade partner with the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons with Collins as a logical piece on the table. The 76ers have maintained their preference for a star player in return for Simmons.