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.
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Chris Crouse contributed to this post.
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