However, the consensus that Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins is likely out of reach as a trade target for the Boston Celtics may have been prematurely made, according to a panel of analysts at The Athletic. The popular subscription-based sports media outlet put together a panel of Celtics and Hawks writers to see if it might be possible to hash out a deal to get the Atlanta forward to Boston, and they managed to pull it off. Co/B80OXjU2vK
– The Celtics Wire February 26, 2021
The cost is not a small one for Boston – this is a push-your-chips-in-for-chips kind of deal – but it may be the sort of move Boston wants to consider if they are willing to spend big next season. Co/Ybxb6VkByN
– The Celtics Wire February 25, 2021
That is a BIG commitment, and would only make sense if the team believes Collins would be happy in Boston – and that the Celtics would welcome him to the team – with a willingness to pay out the nose for a team that will likely end up losing veteran guard Marcus Smart at the end of his current deal.