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I've written before that Trae Young and John Collins are the heart and soul of the Atlanta Hawks, or perhaps the soul and heart depending on how you see it. At 6'9" and springs in lieu of legs, Collins fits perfectly next to the league leader in assists. Collins is the ideal hard-nosed sidekick. He's the Pusha T to Young's Kanye.

Despite being a match made in heaven, the Hawks front office has made it their mission to let Collins know he is expendable. His stellar 2020-21 season forced them into a new 5-year, $125 million contract (which is team-friendly, by the way). But within months, he was being used as a poker chip in trade talks. Let's review the up-and-down season for Collins.

Jan 21, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) reacts to referee Leon Wood (40) after being called for a foul during the second half against the Miami Heat at State Farm Arena.
Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) reacts after missing a three-point basket in the closing minute of their loss to the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena.

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