Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins feels good about working out an extension with the team. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

One of 24 players who will be eligible for a rookie scale extension during the abridged 2020 offseason, Hawks big man John Collins said Friday that he’s “in good hopes and good spirits” that the two sides will be able to work something out (Twitter link via Chris Kirschner of The Athletic).

Collins has said multiple times in recent months that he feels as if he’s worthy of a maximum-salary contract or something close to it on his next deal. However, he suggested Friday that he’ll also prioritize getting something done ahead of his fourth year rather than waiting until 2021 — perhaps even if it means taking a little less.

“I would always want to get it done now than later,” Collins said, per Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). “… I feel like that’s just natural, human nature. For me, security-wise and going forth I could say a million reasons why I want to get it done now, but I would always rather it be sooner than later, so sooner. This summer.”

If Collins and the Hawks don’t reach an agreement this offseason, it would put him on track for restricted free agency in 2021. He’ll almost certainly be in line for a big payday either way, but if he’s looking for security, he may follow in the footsteps of last year’s group of rookie scale extension candidates — nine of those players signed offseason extensions in 2019, with Brandon Ingram and Malik Beasley among the only legit candidates for new contracts who didn’t get them.

Here’s more on the Hawks:

  • Speaking Friday to reporters, including Chris Kirschner of The Athletic (Twitter link), veteran center Clint Capela said his heel – plagued by plantar fasciitis during the season – feels “way, way better.” Although Capela feels as if the injury has healed, he won’t be able to definitively say he’s 100% until he’s able to do 5-on-5 work, Kirschner adds.
  • In a mailbag for The Athletic, Kirschner explores the idea of the Hawks attempting to make a “consolidation trade” for a star, identifies some possible offseason free agent targets, and addresses a handful of other topics.
  • In the wake of the NBA’s decision not to include the Hawks in plans to restart the 2019/20 campaign, Trae Young is using Atlanta’s exclusion as fuel heading into next year, as Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution relays. “Getting this time off is really motivating all of us to not be in this position again next year,” Young said.

Chris Crouse contributed to this post.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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