Saturday morning, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report offered some potential insight on the status of free agents John Collins and Lou Williams. Fischer reports while the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs remain interested in Collins, the forward will “likely re-sign” with Atlanta on a deal that could exceed $120 million.
Fischer notes that league sources also believe Williams may return to the Hawks on a veteran minimum deal. Williams had a solid postseason for Atlanta, helping them win Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Milwaukee Bucks in the absence of Trae Young following his injury in Game 3 when he stepped on the foot of an official. While newly acquired Delon Wright may be the primary backup point guard, Williams would provide dependable depth at the position and be a mentor for both Young and Hawks 2021 second-round pick Sharife Cooper.
Collins appears to be set to ink either a four or five-year deal with Atlanta based on the reporting of the potential deal being worth north of $120 million. A four-year pact for upwards of $120 million would be at or near a max, as Collins’ four-year max would pay him $125 million. The forward seems to have earned a nice pay day for himself after turning down a four-year $90 million contract prior to the season. Free agency opens at midnight on Aug. 2, and the rumors/news are sure to keep flowing.