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Nets interested in Hawks’ John Collins: report

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The Nets entered the John Collins draft — but the Atlanta Hawks apparently aren’t interested in what the Nets are selling.

The Hawks have been floating the star forward’s name in trade rumors for years, and according to The Athletic, the Nets are among the teams interested in acquiring Collins’ services.

They joined the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks in pursuit of the star forward.

The Hawks, according to The Athletic, however, weren’t interested in a deal that included sniper Joe Harris. The remaining part of Brooklyn’s offer for Collins is unknown.

The desire for a player of Collins’ caliber is understandable, although the fit raises more questions than answers.

Collins is a high-flying four spaced on the ground in Atlanta after repeated arguments with superstar guard Trae Young. He’s averaging 16 points and eight rebounds in his career, but hasn’t played since early December and sprained his left ankle.

Collins could provide more size to a Nets team that largely struggles against bigger, more physical opponents. He also has the ability to step back and knock down a three. He’s shooting just 22% from downtown this season, but is a career 36% three-point shooter.

SNY’s Ian Begley also reported that the Nets “hit base” with the Hawks over Collins’ availability last week. The Nets are clearly interested in a deal, but it’s unclear whether or not the Hawks will undertake a serious trade given Brooklyn’s roster constraints.

Harris has recovered from two season-ending ankle surgeries early last year. He was transferred to the second unit in favor of newly acquired Royce O’Neale. O’Neale missed his second straight game for personal reasons against the Wizards on Monday. Going into both games, O’Neale ranked second to Kevin Durant in total minutes played this season.

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