Contract talks may have taken a little longer than expected, but John Collins is heading back to Atlanta.
The 23-year-old forward has reportedly signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Collins was one of the last highly coveted players still available on the market and there had been a sense that contract talks between him and Atlanta hadn't been going well. Whatever the problem was appears to have been sorted out with Collins inking a deal that will pay him $25 million per season for the next five years.
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds last season and became an integral young piece on a surprisingly talented Hawks team that advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
Now, with the exception of Kawhi Leonard who is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, most of the valuable free agents both restricted and unrestricted have signed.