The Dallas Mavericks are doing their homework ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. They have been working the phones to determine how to maximize their roster. Fans have seen a ton of rumors including The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reporting the Mavs are interested in John Collins.
It seems odd Atlanta would move their starting power forward. The Hawks spent significant money in the offseason to improve their roster and have currently won eight straight. They sit fourth in the Eastern Conference and appear set to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Collins is a restricted free agent at the season’s end, though. The Hawks will have to go into the luxury tax to give long-term deals to both John Collins and Trae Young. Perhaps, they see an opportunity to get something in return for the 23-year-old big man.
Chris Haynes reported that the Mavericks made an offer for Collins that the Hawks were not interested in. Let us take a look at the rumor and what it could mean for getting a deal done.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks made an offer for John Collins
Haynes noted that Dallas offered Atlanta a package centered on Maxi Kleber. The versatile big man would be a massive loss for the Mavericks, but Collins’ ability to drop 20 points and ten rebounds every night would be a significant overall upgrade.
Dallas likely does not have the assets to trade for Collins. The Hawks will want at least one first-round pick, but the Mavericks cannot offer one until 2025 at the earliest.
The Mavericks should be significant players for Collins in the offseason when they have the cap space to sign him as a restricted free agent. Atlanta or any team that acquires him before the trade deadline will have the right to match any offer, though.
Expect plenty more Dallas Mavericks rumors leading into Thursday’s trade deadline. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.