UPDATE: The Hawks have recalled Collins to Atlanta, cementing what appears to be a four-hour G League stint. For additional context, multiple sources indicate Collins practiced with the Erie Bayhawks in Cleveland, prompting the procedural move.
In addition, the Hawks have recalled Josh Magette from Erie to Atlanta. Stay tuned.
Atlanta Hawks rookie big man John Collins is seemingly progressing well from his shoulder injury, to the point where the Hawks officially listed him as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Prior to tip-off in Cleveland, however, the Hawks elected to send Collins to the G League’s Erie Bayhawks.
ROSTER UPDATE: We have assigned John Collins to the @ErieBayHawks of the @nbagleague— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 12, 2017
This move is presumably designed to provide a rehab outing for Collins, as Erie faces off with the Wisconsin Herd on Wednesday evening. While the team would not officially release that kind of information, using this as a one-game progression makes sense given the official timeline for return and Collins could potentially return to Atlanta for the home game against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
In addition, Michael Cunningham of the AJC outlines a scenario in which Collins could simply practice in Erie, never play a game and return.
Hawks assign Collins to G-League affiliate Erie, but just so he can practice with them today. He'll rejoin Hawks soon after.— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) December 12, 2017
Collins taking the floor in any venue is absolutely good news for both player and team at this point and Wednesday’s game, if it includes Collins, might set a record for level of interest when it comes to the Bayhawks. Stay tuned.