John Collins Traded to the Utah Jazz

by Michael Gorman
John Collins Traded to the Utah Jazz

The John Collins was traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Utah Jazz. The move involves the departure of Collins and a future second-round pick in exchange for Rudy Gay.

The trade wraps up years of rumors that John Collins was unhappy with the state of affairs in Atlanta. Reports state that Collins wanted a larger role on offense. With the acquisitions of Clint Capela, Onyeka Okongu, and Saddiq Bey over the years, it became clear that Atlanta was not going to prioritize the Wake Forest power forward.

John Collins Traded to the Utah Jazz

John Collins' Career

During his tenure with the Atlanta Hawks, John Collins established himself as a reliable multi-category contributor. From 2018 to 2022, Collins was a top 50 per-game contributor for his rebounds, efficiency, points, and three-pointers. His playing time and usage saw a drop-off in 2022-23, and he finished outside the top 100 in terms of per-game value.

It's good news for Collins' fantasy outlook that he'll be moving to Utah. He'll have the chance to soak up usage and play plenty of minutes in the frontcourt alongside Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler.

Hawks' Outlook Without Collins

This trade provides opportunities for the Hawks' plethora of wings to step up and provide fantasy value. Saddiq Bey, De'Andre Hunter, and A.J. Griffin will all have the opportunity to stretch the floor and find more offensive usage.

Furthermore, the Hawks' offensive strategy may shift, focusing more on their dynamic backcourt duo of Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, and Bogdan Bogdanović.

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Conclusion

The trade between the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz involving John Collins has far-reaching implications in the realm of fantasy basketball. Collins' departure opens up opportunities for other Hawks players to increase their fantasy value.

John Collins will have the opportunity to rack up more counting stats on the Jazz. He's done well in the efficiency department, so we him ascend to top-40 status this season.


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